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John McEnroe doubles controversial comments about US Open champion Emma Raducanu

John McEnroe doubles controversial comments about US Open champion Emma Raducanu

Former tennis star and commentator John McEnroe is behind controversial comments about Emma Raducanu following the US Open champion’s withdrawal from Wimbledon in June.

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“Of course I feel sorry for Emma. It seems like it’s just gotten a little too much, which is understandable, especially with what we’ve been talking about over the last six weeks with Osaka not even here, ”McEnroe said in June, referring to Naomi. Oskaka’s much talked about break to address mental concerns.

“How much can players handle? It makes you look at the guys who have been there and the girls for so long – how well they can handle it, “he continued, according to The Guardian. “Hopefully she learns from this experience.”


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Raducau withdrew from the legendary turf tennis tournament due to breathing problems that McEnroe appeared to be in conflict with the onset of anxiety caused by enormous pressure at the event. This led to criticism of the impression that he thought she could not handle it.

The three-time Wimbledon champion maintained that he commented on the pressure young athletes face in high-level competitions while trying to relate it to his own experiences — and doubled his stance in a interview on CNN.

“I meant exactly what I said,” McEnroe told CNN. “I tried little to relate it to my experience when I first went to Wimbledon also as 18. She did better than me,” he later added, adding that his comments were about “vanilla as they come.”


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The 18-year-old Raducanus US Open winner was praised by McEnroe, who said he did not “think you could possibly do better than she did.”

“Are you taking a joke with me, it’s insane that she’s been able to do this,” he added.

Raducanu defeated Leylah Fernandez in a straight set for the US Open title on Saturday.


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