John McEnroe doubles down on Emma Radocano’s criticism despite US Open trophies
BBC commentator John McEnroe has stuck to his comments about Emma Radocano’s lack of flexibility at this year’s Wimbledon, despite the stunning teenager winning the US Open.
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John McEnroe has stood by the comments he made about Emma Radocano’s lack of flexibility at this year’s Wimbledon.
The 18-year-old stunned the world last weekend when she beat Leila Fernandez to win the US Open, becoming the first qualifier in history to win a major tournament.
She did so without dropping a single set, and became the first British woman to win a Slam tournament since Virginia Wade won Wimbledon in 1977.
Her performances in Flushing Meadows are made even more impressive by the fact that it was her second major, having reached the round of 16 at SW19 this summer.
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The wildcard entry, however, withdrew from her match with Agla Tomljanovic, due to dizziness and breathing problems, and BBC commentator McEnroe, 62, accused her of not handling the pressure.
“I feel bad for Emma, I mean obviously she got–she seems to have gotten a lot, understandably, especially what we’ve been talking about for the past six weeks,” he said, live.
How much can players handle?
“It makes you look at the guys who’ve been around you and girls for a long time, how well they can handle it.
“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.”
You know she definitely did, and while McEnroe doubled down on his Wimbledon comments, he also acknowledged her “amazing” success at the US Open.
“I meant exactly what I said. I tried to connect that in a simple way to my experience when I first went to Wimbledon also at the age of 18,” he said. CNN .
“I mean this was to me as vanilla as it comes. I was very much in favor of it, I thought, at the time.”
As for Raducanu’s shows in New York, he said, “I don’t think you can do it better than I did at the US Open. Are you kidding me? That’s crazy.”
“And since she’s been able to do that now, there’s obviously going to be a lot of focus on her. It’s unbelievable.”
Talking to good morning america On Monday, Radocano exposed her Wimbledon withdrawal to a “physical problem”, not a lack of mental strength, and admitted she still had work to do to develop her stamina.