Dr Amanda Owens told GB News that 18-year old Emma Raducanu was thrust into the limelight and had a lot of pressure placed on her by the UK. She added that the rising tennis star must be protected and needs to be given time to rest and recover after her remarkable run at Wimbledon.
Dr Owens said: “I think there are a number of factors here, the fact she is 18.
“She got thrust into the limelight, she has got a great team around her however I think we need to look after her.
“She needs to look at what she has achieved in the last few weeks which is really incredible.
“Certainly, she is not used to the media limelight and we need to protect her.”
She continued: “Also, the breathing problems could be a number of factors.
“We do not know exactly what has happened here.
“She has never had the experience of playing on Court One that late, she had a lot of pressure on her from the UK, everyone was backing her and was very excited.
“It could be a number of factors here but we need to look after her and she needs to rest and recover.”
Ajla Tomljanovic, Ms Raducanu’s opponent in the last 16, said: “I am actually really kind of shocked,”
She continued: “It’s obviously so bittersweet because Emma must be really, really hurt if she came to the decision to retire.
“To play as a Brit at home, it’s unbelievable so I am really sorry for her because I wish we could have finished it.
“It’s sport – it happens – but I am really wishing her all the best.”
Author: Svar Nanan-Sen
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