Emma Raducanu used a clever tactic to help her achieve her remarkable US Open victory last month – but admits she may not repeat the trick as she begins her Indian Wells Masters campaign this week.
The 18-year-old shocked the tennis world with her Grand Slam victory in New York having already caught the eye with a surprise run to the fourth round at Wimbledon earlier in the summer.
Bromley local Raducanu is now on the west coast of the US, returning to competitive action for the first time since her win at Flushing Meadows as she takes on Aliaksandra Sasnovich in her tournament opener.
She will hope to repeat her recent success as one of the biggest non-Slam tournaments on the calendar, but has admitted she may not cut herself off from outside communication as much as she did further east.
One of the ways she was able to stay so focussed on the task at hand in the US Open was by giving her phone away so she couldn't be distracted.
The teenager had employed a similar tactic at Wimbledon, during which she didn't check any messages or social media during her run to the second week in SW19.
Raducanu has told reporters at Indian Wells, though, that she is still holding on to her phone at the moment in California.
"I think that is something I have done in Wimbledon and US Open," she said ahead of the tournament.
"I really enjoy catching up with messages afterwards but at the time I want to stay in the zone and focus.
"Maybe I will continue to do it but right now I have got it with me."
Raducanu isn't holding on to that same tactic she employed in New York – nor is she expecting her success in that tournament to play any part in her bid for more success at Indian Wells.
She has reflected on how well she had to play to win the US Open, and admits she is still learning a lot as someone who is still new to the tour.
"I think the level and quality I really realised that whilst re-watching [the final], it was such a cool experience and sometimes you do just rewind and relive the moment and the feelings.
"It’s great to reflect and have that so gradually it sort of sinks in. I am just super proud of the achievement. I am now looking forward. I am not going to cling on to that. I am still hungry for more really.
"All the players are all very friendly. I am still really new on the Tour. It’s pretty cool. To be here in Indian Wells, it’s my first time here, but the desert is beautiful.
"I feel really grateful I can play at such a nice venue and location and good tournament."
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