Emma Raducanu should ask Maria Sharapova how best to handle fame, says ex-Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli – with the British No 1 already signing deals with Porsche, Tiffany and Dior since shock US Open win
- Emma Raducanu signed sponsorship deals with nine brands after US Open win
- But she has since struggled to replicate form and was knocked out of Wimbledon
- Marion Bartoli says 19-year-old would benefit from talks with Maria Sharapova
- Sharpova won at SW19 aged 17, and is represented by same agency as Raducanu
Emma Raducanu has been urged to seek advice from Russian Maria Sharapova about how to handle the trappings of fame.
The 19-year-old has signed sponsorship deals with nine brands – including Porsche, Tiffany and Dior – since winning last year’s US Open.
Raducanu has not been able to replicate her form from Flushing Meadows over the past year and was knocked out in the second round of Wimbledon last week.
Emma Raducanu has been urged to seek advice from Maria Sharapova over dealing with fame
Sharapova won Wimbledon at 17 in 2004 and is represented by the same agency as Raducanu
And Marion Bartoli believes the Brit would benefit from speaking to Sharapova, who won Wimbledon aged 17 in 2004 and is represented by the same sports agency as Raducanu, IMG.
‘Because she won so young, with all the contracts and sponsorships she has signed, the pressure she has to face – I cannot start to imagine it,’ said 2013 Wimbledon champion Bartoli.
‘It takes someone so special to handle it. She could probably get some advice from Maria Sharapova, who has been able to do it.
Marion Bartoli believes it ‘takes someone so special’ to be able to handle being in the spotlight
Raducanu has signed sponsorship deals with nine brands after winning the US Open last year
‘It took Maria a little bit of time before she got the second Grand Slam but then she went on to five in total.
‘Maria was on the front covers of all the magazines and she had a lot of major deals.
‘I don’t know exactly how many millions of dollars Emma has been able to sign but looking at the big picture, it looks sort of similar.
‘Maria was able to handle it perfectly. She has been an example of doing that outside of the court but being able to block it so much on the court – it was only about the match and the winning.’
The 19-year-old works with Porsche (pictured above), Tiffany and Dior among other brands