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‘Raducanu has handled criticism well’

Jack Pinnington Jones is currently Britain’s top-ranked junior who has recently signed up with Andy Murray’s 77 Sports Management agency; he has backed fellow teenager Emma Raducanu after she received criticism after suggestions she could not handle the pressure at Wimbledon

Last Updated: 07/07/21 4:25pm

Emma Raducanu reached the fourth round at Wimbledon

Emma Raducanu reached the fourth round at Wimbledon

British junior No 1 Jack Pinnington Jones says teenage sensation Emma Raducanu has handled criticism against her well after she was forced to withdraw from Wimbledon.

British sports personalities from Andy Murray to Marcus Rashford have rallied to the defence of Raducanu after suggestions she quit her fourth-round contest against Australian Ajla Tomljanovic because she could not handle the pressure.

The previously little-known 18-year-old, ranked 338 in the world, was the last British player standing at Wimbledon after a series of sensational wins which quickly elevated her to the front and back pages of every media outlet.

Just over a month ago she had not even contested a match on the main WTA tour and was just finishing her A-Level exams.

Pinnington Jones recently signed up to Andy Murray's 77 Sports Management

Pinnington Jones recently signed up to Andy Murray’s 77 Sports Management

Pinnington Jones, who is the newest recruit to join Murray’s sports management agency, is a player who is being hotly-tipped to do well in the future.

Speaking after his opening win in the boys’ singles at the All England Club, he said: “I think she’s handled it really well. I know Emma and she’s an amazing girl so I think it’s harsh.

“She’s made the fourth round as an 18-year-old at Wimbledon. It’s special and I feel there will always be criticism but she’s handled it well.

“If I ever get to that situation I feel like I would do the same thing. She’s been amazing.”

Pinnington Jones has received plenty of advice in the short time he has been with Murray’s agency, and the Surrey player says speaking with the two-time Wimbledon champion on a regular basis has been a “priceless” experience.

“Andy has gone through so much adversity in his career. He’s still here, enjoying it and playing third round at Wimbledon,” said Pinnington Jones.

“I feel that he’s gone through so much at the start of his career to when he was able to win his first few finals in Slams and then winning three and the Olympics, so that sort of advice is going to be very important.”

Pinnington Jones has been receiving advice from two-time Wimbledon champion Murray

Pinnington Jones has been receiving advice from two-time Wimbledon champion Murray

He continued: “I’m really enjoying it. They’ve been great so far and they’ve done everything they have said, which is amazing. The direct link to Andy has been priceless as well, especially with his experience. He wants British tennis to really push on and do great things. He’s really trying to support everyone.

“I remember when I hit with him at Wimbledon on the hard-court we were discussing backhands and where he aims when it’s a higher or shorter backhand, where he wants to be contacting the ball and things like that. His own mindset of how he plays those shots and just listening to the way he approaches and thinks those moments it’s amazing.

“I’ve also been hitting with him a bit on the clay as well.”

Pinnington Jones, who heads into Wimbledon on top form having won the ITF Junior International at Roehampton, added: “Just the general conversation is very enjoyable. You can see he still wants to play and he still loves it – it’s refreshing.”

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Marcus Rashford defends tennis star Raducanu after Wimbledon exit – ‘Happened to me’

The 18-year-old became a darling of the country on her way to the last-16 at the All England Club. It was the best debut by a British woman in the tournament since 1979. However, she was forced to retire due to breathlessness during the clash against Ajla Tomljanovic on Monday.

The British teenager was 4-6 0-3 down when she became breathless and had to take a medical break which caused officials to call off the match.

This prompted criticism of the young player from the likes of former champion John McEnroe.

Mr McEnroe said after the match: “It appears that it just got a little bit too much, as is understandable, particularly [with] what we’ve been talking about this last six weeks with Naomi Osaka not even here.”

England striker Rashford, preparing for his historic Euro 2020 semi-final with Denmark, leapt to defend Ms Raducanu in a thoughtful message on Twitter.

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Cricketer Kevin Pietersen wrote that “mental toughness is what separates the good from the great in sport”.

Two-time Grand Slam winner Andy Murray, along with his mother tennis coach Judy Murray, questioned these opinions.

“No question mental toughness can be what separates the best in sport but surely both of you aren’t judging her mental toughness on yesterday’s match?!” the Wimbledon star responded to Mr McEnroe.

His mother urged people to remember Ms Raducanu is still a teenager.

“Middle-aged men should generally avoid commenting on the physical or mental well-being of teenage girls. They will never experience or fully understand that world,” Mrs Murray said.

Ms Raducanu is still awaiting her A level results and since announcing her retirement from Wimbledon has said that “the whole experience just caught up with me”.

She went on to thank fans for “the best time of my life” and vowed to return better than before.

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Karolina Pliskova fires brutal Emma Raducanu warning after reaching Wimbledon semi-finals

Karolina Pliskova fired her way into the Wimbledon semi-finals and then told Emma Raducanu – you have to be able to handle the pressure.

Eighth seed Pliskova, the former world number one and US Open finalist, overcame Viktorija Golubic comfortably 6-2 6-2 to book a last four clash with Aryna Sabalenka.

But the Czech star had little sympathy for British starlet Emma, 18, who pulled out of her fourth round clash with AjlaTomljanovic on Monday a set down, with breathing problems.

Pliskova, in her first Wimbledon semi-final, said: “If you decide to do this sport and take a wild card, you’re going to be playing on a big court because you are from this country.

“You need to count on that pressure.

“Of course it is not easy. I saw a bit from her previous matches. I think she was enjoying maybe too much excitement. That’s normal.

“When I was 18 I was still a kid. Some of these girls are old enough to deal with it. Coco Gauff, I think she’s ready for this.

“Hopefully she’s going to be okay – but you need to be ready for it.”

Sabalenka overcame Tunisian Ons Jabeur 6-4, 6-3 – and admitted she had been seeing a psychologist to get her over the mental block of never getting to a Grand Slam quarter-final in five years before this.

She said: “He said to not even think that this is a Grand Slam – just believe you can do it.”


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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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Emma Raducanu withdraws from Wimbledon after ‘difficulty breathing’

18-year-old British wildcard Emma Raducanu withdrew from her fourth-round match with Ajla Tomljanovic at Wimbledon after suffering from breathing difficulties. During the second set, Raducanu received medical attention before leaving the court to receive further treatment.

It was later announced to the crowd that she would not be able to continue, with Wimbledon confirming on Monday evening that Raducanu’s withdrawal was due to “difficulty breathing” (as per the BBC).

Raducanu had been enjoying a remarkable run at Wimbledon, defeating two opponents in the top 50, Marketa Vondrousova and Sorana Cirstea, to set up her fourth round match with Tomljanovic.

“I am actually really kind of shocked,” Tomljanovic said.

“It’s obviously so bittersweet because Emma must be really, really hurt if she came to the decision to retire.

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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.”


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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Emma Raducanu ‘dreams’ of winning Wimbledon as British star gets ready for fourth round

The results mean that Raducanu will face Australian Ajla Tomljanovic on Court One on Monday afternoon.

Theoretically, it will not be her sternest test of the tournament so far as her most recent opponent, Sorana Cirstea is ranked higher by the WTA.

Tomljanovic is ranked at number 75, and with women’s tennis excitingly unpredictable Raducanu will certainly have real hope of progressing to the final eight.

Former Wimbledon champion Boris Becker claimed that the Brit ‘has a chance’ of winning the whole thing, while she goes into her tie with her Australian opponent neck and neck according to the bookmakers.

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Emma Raducanu labelled ‘the real deal’ and compared to her tennis idol amid Wimbledon run

Former world No 1 Mats Wilander has tipped Emma Raducanu to enjoy a long and successful career at the highest levels of the game as the teenager prepares to face Ajla Tomljanovic in the fourth round at Wimbledon. Raducanu has been one of the success stories of this year’s tournament, producing some incredible tennis to maintain her Grand Slam dream and pleasing many of the fans in attendance at the All England Club in the process.

The 18-year-old stunned last year’s French Open runner-up Marketa Vondrousova in the second round of the competition before sealing a last-16 berth on Saturday with another nerveless display against Sorana Cirstea.

Raducanu slipped to a 3-1 lead in the opening set, but battled back to claim the spoils and extend her debut Grand Slam campaign by another couple of days at the very least.

She only sat her A-levels earlier this year and made her first WTA appearance last month, but has quickly established herself as a home favourite at Wimbledon and will be hoping to keep up her winning form for as long as possible.

Speaking after Raducanu’s latest victory, Wilander waxed lyrical over the Brit’s impressive mental outlook and age-defying composure despite her tender years.

The 56-year-old told Eurosport that he believes Raducanu can emerge as a top-level player in years to come, admitting that she bears many similarities with her idol and two-time Grand Slam champion Li Na.

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“Amazing scenes,” said Wilander. “She is the real deal, and I am talking about the mindset. An incredible mindset and an incredible mover.

“She played incredibly. She has a great mindset, and just the way she handled it.

“She had so many break points in that second set and somehow, like a mature tennis pro who has been on the tour for years, she handled that setback.

“She plays like her idol, Li Na. The forehand is almost an identical copy. She really is a fantastic tennis player and there is nowhere she is going to go but up. She is going to improve and improve.


“The fact that she turned that match around, and Cirstea came back, that is such a confidence boost and such a telling point that she is here to stay.

“She moves incredibly well and she has real strength. She has literally everything. She can be a superstar.”

Raducanu will face Tomljanovic of Australia in the next round at Wimbledon after the latter overcame former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko on Saturday.

The Canadian-born British player will be hoping to reach the quarter-finals with another victory over her next opponent, who has a WTA singles ranking of 117.

Speaking after her win over Cirstea on Court One, Raducanu told reporters: “I am so speechless right now.

“I didn’t know what my reaction would be, and then that just happened. I’m so, so grateful for all the support I had today.

“This is by far the biggest court I’ve played on. I think I coped quite well in the beginning, I just tried to hold my nerve.

“When I was packing to come into the bubble, my parents said: ‘Aren’t you packing too much match kit?’. I think I’m going to have to do some laundry tonight!”

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