Wimbledon has released a new issue. After a “very sad” withdrawal, Emma Raducanu issued a statement supporting the schedule.
Following criticism in the wake of Emma Raducanu’s resignation from the Grand Slam, Wimbledon has published a statement regarding their Monday schedule.
Following criticism, Wimbledon officials defended the scheduling that saw Emma Raducanu sit about all day waiting to face Ajla Tomljanovic. After Felix Auger-five-set Aliassime’s victory over Alexander Zverev, Raducanu’s match began at 8 p.m. on Monday night.
Raducanu was forced to quit during the second set of her fourth-round match against Tomljanovic on Court One due to lung concerns, according to reports.
The game was supposed to start around 5.30 p.m., but due to a late finish from Auger-Aliassime and rain delays, it didn’t start until 7.59 p.m.
Raducanu’s match was the first planned last on a main court since 2009. Traditionally, women’s fourth-round matches on ‘Manic Monday’ take precedence, with the quarter-finals following the next day, and Raducanu’s match was the first scheduled last on a main court since 2009.
“It was a long day, they didn’t start until about 8pm, that’s a long time to think about the match,” former world No. 1 Tracy Austin told the BBC.
“I don’t think it helped that the last match went as long as it did because it made her think about it more,” John McEnroe said. That’s a lot to handle, especially if you’ve never been to the area before.”
Raducanu was plainly straining to breathe on the court and appeared to be hyperventilating when the doctor and trainer were summoned to aid the teenager at one set and 3-0 down.
The 18-year-old went into the locker rooms for a medical timeout but did not emerge, and minutes later the chair umpire said the match would not be restarted due to Raducanu’s medical withdrawal.
Since then, details have been few, with the All England Club merely announcing Raducanu’s retirement owing to lung problems.
The Club said in a statement on Tuesday that it was “extremely regretful” that Raducanu’s remarkable Wimbledon run came to an end in this manner, but justified their “Manic Monday” schedule.
Despite the fact that Tomljanovic will play Ashleigh Barty in the quarter-finals of the women’s draw less than 24 hours after defeating Raducanu, the match will not be finished.
“We were very disappointed to see Emma having to withdraw from her match last night and wish.”Brinkwire Summary News,” the statement added.