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Emma Raducanu injury problems 'no different to any other young player,' says Judy Murray

Emma Raducanu backhand at Roland Garros

Judy Murray says the injury problems that Emma Raducanu is experiencing right now are natural for her age, although she has suggested appointing a new coach may help her.

Raducanu has retired during tournaments three times already this year due to injury, with the latest coming at Nottingham this week.

It has left her at risk of missing Wimbledon, with her admitting she has 'no idea' if she will be able to play when it starts on 27 June.

Judy Murray, though, has urged for patience from fans as the teenager grows into her own body.

"What’s becoming increasingly clear is that Raducanu’s body needs time to mature," Murray told the Telegraph.

"If you strip away the fact she was catapulted into this amazing success following her US Open triumph last September, she is no different to any other young player in the sense that her body needs time to fill out, become more robust and resilient.

"It’s a process that simply doesn’t happen overnight, especially when the physical demands on her body are at an all-time high.

"The further you get up the tree, the tougher it is on both the mind and body. But on the physical side, you have to start to look at the other factors that can influence performance – sleep, nutrition and psychology are all part of that package."

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Raducanu is still working without a coach and insists that she 'knows what she is doing' in that regard.

Judy Murray, though, believes Emma Raducanu may have underestimated the potential benefits she is currently denying herself.

"I remember when Andy (Murray) was making the step up from the juniors to the ATP tour," she explained.

Andy Murray and Emma Raducanu

"He had a number of recurring physical problems. In particular, he suffered from a lot of cramping. His body was perfectly ready for the demands of the lower rungs of the circuit but not necessarily for the heavier hitting, the longer, more rigorous rallies and stronger opponents he came up against on the tour.

"Players often have shared access to physios at WTA and ATP events but I cannot understate how crucial it is to have someone who knows a player’s body, style of play and understands the physical demands of tennis."

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