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Emma Raducanu comes out fighting in first Wimbledon interview after John McEnroe criticism

Emma Raducanu has elaborated on her decision to withdraw from Wimbledon on Tuesday. The 18-year-old was 4-6, 0-3 down against Ajla Tomljanovic before deciding to quit – having been seen hyperventilating beforehand. And after being criticised by John McEnroe, she’s now come out fighting.

Raducanu was accused of letting the occasion overawe her by McEnroe, who was commentating for the BBC.

But, in an interview with the broadcaster, she’s now made it clear she withdrew because of medical advice – and not because she let the occasion get the better of her.

“I’m doing well thank you for asking,” she said. “I’m just glad I was able to recover so quickly.”

When Sue Barker told Raducanu she and other fans were worried, the teenager then responded by saying: “I think that, in the moment on court one the atmosphere was one again incredible to play in front of.

“I was obviously really really disappointed I couldn’t finish the match, I obviously wanted to be able to compete and try my best.

“But the medical advice was to pull out and I followed it up because I think their advice was the best in the end.”

She then continued: “I found it difficult to regulate my breathing.

“I think that it was emphasised by some very long rallies we had towards the end of the first set, which made it tough for me to keep my composure and breathing in check.

“And then, at the beginning of the second set was when I struggled with it the most and I had the trainer on and made the decision at the end of the changeover.”

When asked what the cause was, she said: “No, I don’t know what caused it.

“A combination of everything that’s gone on behind the scenes in the past week and an accumulation of the buzz.

“I think it’s a great learning experience from me going forward and hopefully next time I’ll be better prepared.”

McEnroe was stinging in his criticism at the time of the incident, saying: “I feel bad for Emma, obviously.

“It appears it just got a little bit too much, as is understandable, particularly with what we’ve been talking about this over the last six weeks with Osaka not even here.

“How much can players handle? It makes you look at the guys that have been around and the girls for so long – how well they can handle it.

“Hopefully she’ll learn from this experience.”

And Tracey Austin also expressed a belief that it all became too much for the teenager, though backed her to respond.

“I think the moment just became too large,” she said.

“When you go back a week she was really in obscurity. Nobody sides intel Brits knew who Emma Raducanu was.

“I didn’t know who she was or how to say her name last week! All of a sudden she wins three matches as a wildcard and she’s played so well against Cirstea.

“First time ever on Court One and she even said she played above her level and said she’d never hit some of those shots before and surprised herself.

“All of a sudden she has a day off and she’s all over the papers, all the expectations, and what’s in front of her is the fairytale is still going on and she has a winnable match in the fourth round.

“It’s almost too good to be true for both of them. You have Tomljanovic who’s 75th in the world and Raducanu who is 338th in the world. This may never happen again where you have such a large opportunity to get to the quarter-finals.

“Both were tight at the beginning and you just squeeze too tight and become overwhelmed because the opportunity is so big. It became real, reality kind of checked in at that point.

“It was a long day, they didn’t start until about 8pm, that’s a long time to think about the match.

“She really has not played enough matches. It was almost just too much. For an 18-year-old with not a lot of foundation and experience, just done her A Levels in April, it was I think a bit too much to ask.

“It was really tough to see her kind of hyperventilating out there and then not to be able to come back and take that wave of appreciation. The crowd had really done such a good job, they’d done their part to help her get there.”

Wimbledon have also released a statement defending their schedule.

“We were very sad to see Emma forced to withdraw from her match last night and wish her all the best with her recovery,” they said.

“She should be commended for the poise and maturity she has shown throughout the Wimbledon fortnight and we very much look forward to welcoming her back to Wimbledon next year and in the years to come.

“In respect of scheduling, as always, the scheduling of the order of play each day at The Championships is a complex operation, and although we take great care when scheduling matches and allocating courts on a daily basis, it is not an exact science.

“All decisions are made with fairness and the best interests of the tournament, players, spectators and our worldwide broadcast audience at heart, but the unpredictable nature of the length of matches and the British weather can and will cause disruption to any schedule.”

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‘McEnroe told truth!’ Piers Morgan defends Raducanu comments ‘she couldn’t take pressure’

Commenting on the match, the former tennis pro said that although he felt “bad” for the sportswoman, the game had become “too much” for her to handle.

The British wildcard retired from the game on “medical grounds” after losing the first set and was 3-0 down when she sought medical attention.

Addressing the incident, the American sportsman said: “I feel bad for Emma, obviously.

“It appears it just got a little bit too much, as is understandable, particularly with what we’ve been talking about this over the last six weeks with Osaka not even here.”

Last month Naomi Osaka announced that she would not be competing in Wimbledon this year, detailing “long bouts of depression” and “huge waves of anxiety” as the reason for her missing the championships.

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Ajla Tomljanovic hits out at John McEnroe for Emma Raducanu Wimbledon withdrawal comments

Ajla Tomljanovic insists John McEnroe’s comments were “harsh” after the three-time Wimbledon champion suggested Emma Raducanu found it “a little too much” in her first ever last 16 match at the Grand Slam. The young Brit withdrew from her fourth-round match due to medical reasons.

Raducanu’s brilliant Wimbledon run came to an end on Monday night with the 18-year-old pulling out in the second set due to breathing problems.

The Kent-born teenager, ranked 338th in the world but who will climb to 175th after this tournament, looked to be hyperventilating when being seen to during a medical timeout at 6-4, 3-0 on Court One.

She did not return to court and Wimbledon confirmed later on in the evening that Raducanu, who had earlier defeated the likes of 2020 French Open finalist Marketa Vondrousova and 45th-ranked Romanian Sorana Cirstea, had suffered “difficulty breathing”.

But McEnroe drew comparisons with Naomi Osaka, who did not attend Wimbledon and withdrew from the French Open due to mental health problems.

“I feel bad for Emma, obviously,” McEnroe said on the BBC. “It appears it just got a little bit too much, as is understandable, particularly with what we’ve been talking about this over the last six weeks with Osaka not even here.

“How much can players handle? It makes you look at the guys that have been around and the girls for so long – how well they can handle it. Hopefully she’ll learn from this experience.

“Maybe it’s not a shame this has happened right now when she is 18. I played this tournament at 18 and in a way I was happy I lost. I was able to understand what it would take to make it.”

McEnroe was widely criticised on social media for his take, which came at a time when the reason for Raduncanu’s retirement was still unknown.

And asked about the American legend’s comments post-match, Tomljanovic hit back in defence of her younger opponent.

The 75th-ranked Aussie said: “I wasn’t 100 per cent sure what was wrong with Emma. I’ll start with saying that I can’t imagine being in her shoes at 18, playing a fourth round in your home country.

“For him to say that, it’s definitely harsh. I have experienced something similar but not to that extent.

Barty said after beating French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova: “I’m happy, I’m excited. It’s another stepping stone for me. It’s another first, I suppose.

“It’s a new situation, a new scenario and one that I’m going to look forward to and enjoy, no matter what.

“It’s a stepping stone to one of my biggest dreams. We just keep chipping away.

“I love coming out here and testing myself against the best in the world and there is certainly no place I’d rather be at the moment.”

Tomljanovic added: “It didn’t really sink in I’m in the quarters because of the circumstances. I am thrilled to play Ash, and to have two Aussies in the quarter-finals is great for everyone back home.”

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John McEnroe blasted for Emma Raducanu comments after Wimbledon withdrawal

John McEnroe caused fury on social media with his post-match comments on Emma Raducanu’s premature withdrawal from her fourth-round clash against Ajla Tomljanovic at Wimbledon on Monday evening. The teenage British hopeful was forced to pull out of the contest in the second set after receiving medical attention for an unspecified problem.

Raducanu gained plenty of admirers during her debut Grand Slam campaign at the All England Club, reaching the fourth round after a string of impressive victories against higher-ranked opposition.

However, she did not get the opportunity to progress to the last eight after she was rendered unable to continue by a troublesome issue that plagued her efforts to down Tomljanovic.

Speaking on BBC One after the match, McEnroe appeared to suggest that Raducanu simply gave up and was unable to cope with the occasion.

“I feel bad for Emma,” he said. “It appears it got a bit too much which is understandable, particularly what we’ve been talking about this last six weeks with [Naomi] Osaka.

“How much can players handle? It makes you look at the guys who have been around, and the girls, how well they can handle it.

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“People say: ‘You were so bad on the court, you used to misbehave’. But yes, I was the norm. These guys who can keep their composure, and the girls out there, are amazing. 

“We have to appreciate the players who are able to do it so well and hopefully she will learn from her experience.”

McEnroe’s comments were widely criticised on Twitter, with many suggesting that his verdict on Raducanu’s withdrawal did not reflect the true nature of the situation.

Paul Newman wrote: “I think John McEnroe just suggested that Raducanu just bottled it and chose not to play because of the pressure.”

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Iwannabeacontender responded: “In fairness to JM he’s called it as he sees it. Looked like a panic attack to me, poor girl.”

Sethgavriel posted: “Not sure if I like John McEnroe’s tone talking about Emma Raducanu as if she’s just a little girl who just couldn’t take the pressure like the other little girls including Naomi Osaka.”

Meanwhile, Nelle_Macbeth added: “Absolutely gutted for Raducanu, but that feeling overtaken by rage at McEnroe spouting absolute drivel and being super dismissive of her; making out like she just got overwhelmed when we have no idea what happened.”

Speaking after the match, Tomljanovic, who will face compatriot and world No 1 Ashleigh Barty in the next round at Wimbledon, wished Raducanu well and expressed her surprise at the unfortunate situation.

“I am actually shocked because Emma must be hurt if she came to the decision to retire,” said Tomljanovic in her post-match interview.

“I am really sorry for her, I wish we could have finished it. I am wishing her all the best.

“I thought I found my groove although Emma was hurt and not at her best which kind of explains it.

“It didn’t really sink in I’m in the quarters because of the circumstances. I am thrilled to play Ash, and to have two Aussies in the quarter-finals is great for everyone back home.”

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