Emma Raducanu has defended her commitment to tennis amid the “unfair” reaction to her growing list of sponsorship deals.
The US Open champion suffered a frustrating second-round loss to Katerina Sinaiakova on Thursday night at the Miami Open, ending her hard-court campaign until later this summer.
After the defeat, some comments on social media once again highlighted their growing list of trading partners.
Porsche announced a deal with the 19-year-old earlier this week but the British number one insists her main priority is improving results on the pitch.
“You might see me signing this or that contract on the news or on social media and I feel like that’s quite misleading because I’m doing five, six hours a day (training) that I’m im Club am 12 hours a day,” Raducanu told various national newspapers.
“But I throw a post in the car on the way to practice and all of a sudden it’s like ‘I don’t focus on tennis’. I find that unfair, but I’ve learned to deal with it and have become a little less sensitive to outside noise.
“At the end of the day, I feel like my days (with sponsors) are pretty limited. I don’t do crazy days. I do three, four days every quarter, so it’s really not that much.”
Raducanu has struggled on the WTA Tour since a remarkable win as a qualifier at Flushing Meadows in September.
A bout of coronavirus in the winter disrupted her training program for the new campaign and now the world No. 13 will take a step into the unknown with the clay court season – a surface she is least familiar with – on the horizon.
New partner Porsche announced on Monday that Raducanu will be involved in next month’s Stuttgart Open, a tournament sponsored by the German manufacturer.
Before that, she will represent Great Britain in a Billie Jean King Cup qualifier against the Czech Republic in Prague over the weekend of April 15-16.
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