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John McEnroe Attracts Ire After Feedback on Raducanu Retirement


By Erik Gudris | Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Former three-time Wimbledon champion John McEnroe continues to face criticism after his feedback on the BBC relating to 18-year-old Briton Emma Raducanu retiring throughout her fourth spherical Wimbledon match.

Raducanu stopped enjoying in the course of the second set of her fourth spherical match towards Australia’s Ajla Tomljnaovic on Monday evening.

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Raducanu, who suffered from respiratory points, was first visited by a coach earlier than then leaving the courtroom for a medical timeout.

World No. 338 ranked Raducanu didn’t return to finish the match.

In an announcement posted on social media after the match, Raducanu defined the state of affairs by saying, “I used to be enjoying the perfect tennis of my life in entrance of a tremendous crowd this week and I feel the entire expertise caught up with me. On the finish of the primary set, after some tremendous intense rallies, I began to breathe closely and felt dizzy.”

“The medical group suggested me to not proceed and, though it felt like the toughest factor on the planet not to have the ability to end my Wimbledon on the courtroom, I used to be not effectively sufficient to hold on,” Raducanu added, who completed saying she was feeling significantly better.

BBC analyst McEnroe mentioned to viewers, “It seems it simply bought a little bit bit an excessive amount of, as is comprehensible, notably with what we’ve been speaking about his over the past six weeks, with Naomi Osaka not even right here.”

Osaka, who gained her second Australian Open title in February, selected to not compete at Wimbledon this yr as a result of private causes.

Former world No. 1 McEnroe added in his evaluation, “How a lot can gamers deal with? It makes you have a look at the blokes which have been round and the women for therefore lengthy—how effectively they deal with it. We now have to understand the gamers which can be capable of do it so effectively, and hopefully she is going to study from this expertise.”




McEnroe additionally mused that the earlier five-set match between Felix Auger-Aliassime and Alexander Zverev could have triggered Raducanu to consider her personal match extra.

“I don’t suppose it helped that Zverev and Auger-Aliassime went so long as they did as a result of that gave her increasingly time to consider it. That’s quite a bit to tackle, particularly if you’ve by no means been there earlier than.”

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Tomljanovic supplied her perspective in her post-match press convention.

“I wasn’t 100% certain what was flawed with Emma. I did hear the reasoning,” Tomljanovic mentioned. “I am going to begin with saying that I am unable to think about being in her footwear at 18 enjoying a fourth spherical in your house nation. It is one thing I am unable to even think about.

“For him to say that, it is undoubtedly harsh. I’ve skilled one thing related however to not that extent. I do know that it is an actual factor. I’ve spoken to athletes which have gone by way of that. It isn’t straightforward.”

Two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray supplied his ideas on social media in response to McEnroe and famed UK commentator Piers Morgan.

The BBC issued an announcement saying: “John McEnroe supplied his private view on the pressures that tennis gamers face, based mostly on each his personal expertise and people of present gamers. He was sympathetic to Emma’s state of affairs.”

In an announcement, ESPN mentioned, “We’re exploring the main points surrounding what was mentioned on BBC and will probably be following up with John.”

Photograph credit score: Getty

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