After John McEnroe’s criticism, Emma Raducanu comes out fighting in her first Wimbledon interview.
On Monday, Emma Raducanu was forced to retire from Wimbledon.
Emma Raducanu has explained why she decided to pull out of Wimbledon on Tuesday. The 18-year-old was down 4-6, 0-3 to Ajla Tomljanovic when he decided to retire after being witnessed hyperventilating. She’s now fighting back after getting chastised by John McEnroe.
McEnroe, who was commentating for the BBC, accused Raducanu of allowing the moment to overwhelm her.
However, she clarified in an interview with the broadcaster that she withdrew due to medical advice, not because she let the occasion get the better of her.
“Thank you for asking, I’m fine,” she replied. “I’m just thankful I was able to get back on my feet so quickly.”
When Sue Barker expressed concern for Raducanu and other spectators, the adolescent said, “I think that, at the moment on court one, the atmosphere was once again wonderful to play in front of.”
“I was certainly unhappy that I couldn’t finish the match; I obviously wanted to participate and give it my all.
“However, the medical opinion was to withdraw, and I took their counsel because I believe it was the best in the end.”
“It was tough for me to control my breathing,” she continued.
“I think it was emphasized by some extremely long rallies we had near the end of the first set, which made it difficult for me to maintain my composure and breathing.
“And then, at the start of the second set, I was having the most trouble, so I put the trainer on and decided at the end of the changeover.”
“No, I don’t know what caused it,” she answered when asked what caused it.
“It’s a culmination of everything that’s happened behind the scenes in the last week, as well as the hype.
“I think it will be a great learning experience for me in the future, and perhaps I will be more prepared next time.”
At the time of the incident, McEnroe was harsh in his judgment, adding, “Obviously, I feel horrible for Emma.”
“It appears it just became a little bit too much, which is fair given everything we’ve been talking about for the past six weeks with Osaka not even here.
“Can players tolerate a certain amount of pressure? “Brinkwire Summary News” makes you look.