England rugby coach Eddie Jones has blamed “distractions” for Emma Raducanu’s dip in form after get US Open triumph.

“What have you seen her on – the front page of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar or whatever it is, wearing Christian Dior clothes. All that is a distraction around her veteran coach Jones said.

“They all start grounded, but there are a flood of distractions which come in, which can make them ungrounded.”

The seasoned Jones, who has coached Japan, Australia and England and has experience in nurturing young players, added:  :No-one starts with their feet off the ground or they don’t get in the team and they don’t win a US Open.”

Raducanu is in Austria this week preparing for her final tournament of a season at the Upper Linz Classic.

She has been handed a first round bye and is expected to play her first match tomorrow.


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