American teenager Coco Gauff has urged US Open champion Emma Raducanu to be wary of social media after the Briton’s first Grand Slam triumph at Flushing Meadows last month. Raducanu, who became the first qualifier to win a major tournament, has since gained thousands of new social media followers, setting up an account on the Chinese microblogging site Weibo to stay in touch with fans in that country.
Gauff, who rose to fame at the age of 15 when she reached the fourth round at Wimbledon in 2019, urged 18-year-old Raducanu to step away from his phone. “… It’s exciting when you get all the retweets, all the follows and stuff, but it can be a little overwhelming. At least in my experience. That’s probably what I wish I had known, not focus on social media, ”said the world number 19.
Roger Federer, 20-time Grand Slam champion, also recently suggested that the next generation of tennis stars like Raducanu need help preventing social media abuse affecting them. “I put a time limit on my phone because I thought I was spending too much time on it. From 8:30 am to 9:30 pm I have limited access to apps,” Gauff added.
Gauff and Raducanu will be in action this week at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, which returns after two years after the COVID-19 pandemic.
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