Emma Raducano: John McEnroe stands by comments questioning teenager’s mental strength at Wimbledon
The 18-year-old retired from her round of 16 match against Ajla Tomljanovic at SW19 in July due to medical reasons after she was seen holding her stomach a few times and appeared to be hyperventilating before withdrawing.
The next day, she revealed that she had “breathing difficulties” and that she thought “the whole experience got me in.”
John McEnroe (left) stood by his comments questioning Emma Raducano’s mental strength at Wimbledon
The 18-year-old retired from her Round of 16 tie at SW19 in July due to breathing difficulties.
But her withdrawal drew criticism from some quarters, including from McEnroe, 62, who said the occasion had “become a little too much” for her.
The seven-time Grand Slam winner now says he sticks to his words, insisting his comments were “vanilla” and exaggerated.
“I meant exactly what I said, ‘McEnroe’ For CNN, USA In an interview on Tuesday.
I tried to relate this in a simple way to my experience when I first went to Wimbledon, also at 18.
led McEnroe to suggest the stage was ‘too big’ for 18-year-old Radokano.
There are a lot of great advantages, but there is also pressure you place on yourself and expectations that others place on you. I mean, this to me was like vanilla… I was very much in favor of it, I thought, at the time.
‘You know the papers in England. Sometimes they do a great job that, to me, is nothing.
However, Raducanu put any doubts about her mental strength to bed when she became the first qualifier ever to win a major after defeating fellow teen Leylah Fernandez in straight sets in the final at Flushing Meadows.
New World No. 23 – who jumped 127 places after winning the US Open – became the first British woman to win a major in 44 years, since Virginia Wade’s title at Wimbledon in 1977.
Raducanu went on to win the US Open two months later, defeating Leila Fernandez in the final
McEnroe says Britain’s new No. 1 achievement was “amazing” and admits that 39-time winner Billie Jean King has exonerated her belief that “pressure is a privilege”.
“I don’t think you can do it better than you did when it was the US Open,” he added. ‘are you kidding me? This is crazy, and now that I’ve been able to do it, there’s obviously going to be a lot of focus on it. It’s incredible.
If Billie Jean King says pressure is a privilege, I believe her. I’ve done more for women’s sports and perhaps sports in general than anyone else in the last 100 years.
“I don’t know how things have changed in the last couple of months (since Wimbledon) but I’m sure a lot of people would like to know.”
McEnroe’s initial comments caused an uproar, as he said live on the BBC after Raducano withdrew from All England Club: ‘It seems to have increased a bit, understandably, in particular. [with] What we’ve been talking about for the past six weeks with Naomi Osaka not even here.
“How much can you guys handle? It makes you look at the guys who have been around you and girls for a long time, how well they can handle it.
Raducanu is now the new British No. 1 and first British Women’s Singles Champion since 1977
“Those guys who can keep their cool and the girls there are absolutely amazing – so we have to appreciate the guys who are able to do that well and hopefully you learn from this experience.”
The four-time Grand Slam singles winner Osaka withdrew from the French Open earlier this year to take care of her mental health.
Taking a break from the sport, she pulled out of Wimbledon as well, but was back in time for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and US Open, where she was defeated by finalist Fernandes.
Osaka said at the time: “I feel like for me, recently, when I won, I don’t feel happy, I feel more comfortable. And then when I lose I feel very sad.
I don’t think this is normal. Basically, I feel like I’m at this point where I’m trying to figure out what I want to do, and I honestly don’t know when I’m going to be in the next tennis match.
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