Athletes defend Raducanu at Wimbledon exit

London— —British sports personalities from Andy Murray to Marcus Rashford defended teenage tennis sensation Emma Rashford on Tuesday after being offered to quit their debut Wimbledon because they couldn’t cope with the pressure. did.

The lesser-known 18-year-old ranked 338th in the world at the end of the 14 British players who stood in Wimbledon after three great victories that fans stepped into. did.

However, she was forced to retire in the last 16 games on Monday due to breathing difficulties with Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovich.

Former American Wimbledon champion John McEnroe, when commenting on the BBC, suggested that this opportunity was “a little too much” for Raducanu.

The case depicts a comparison with Naomi Osaka, the world’s second-largest player, who withdrew from the French Open after opening up anxiety suffering from media interviews after a fierce match.

Raducan himself posted a message to his fans on Tuesday, congratulating Tomljanovich and apologizing for the end of the match.

“I was playing the best tennis of my life in front of a great crowd this week. I think all the experiences have caught up with me,” she tweeted, starting to breathe hard and feeling dizzy after the last tough rally. Said that. First set.

“The medical team advised me not to continue. Not being able to finish Wimbledon on the court felt like the hardest thing in the world, but I wasn’t enough to continue.”

Another former Wimbledon champion, Murray, said some of the criticisms were severe and premature because no one knew the details of her illness.

“Mental toughness could undoubtedly be the pinnacle of sport, but certainly … I didn’t judge her mental toughness in yesterday’s match,” Murray said, former English cricketer Kevin. I added in response to Petersen. pressure.

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Andy Murray of England will leave the courtroom after losing the third round against Dennis Shapovalov of Canada at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, England on July 2, 2021. (Peter Nicholls / Reuters)

Tennis coach mother Judy Murray went a step further with a wilted tweet. “Middle-aged men should generally avoid commenting on the physical or mental well-being of teenage girls. They never experience or fully understand the world. Would, “she said.

“Your pride”

England soccer player Marcus Rashford sympathized with Rashford, saying the same thing happened in a match under the age of 16.

“I remember it to this day. There was no explanation for it and it never happened again,” he tweeted. “You should be very proud of yourself. The country is proud of you.”

Until a month ago, Raducanu hadn’t played in the main WTA tour and had just finished the school exam.

After the French Open organizers were criticized for their strong stance towards Osaka, Wimbledon officials issued a sympathetic statement hoping for Raducanu’s recovery and looking forward to future participation in the tournament.

“She should be praised for the calmness and maturity she showed,” they added.

Raducanu’s last 16 opponents, Tomljanovich, also said the criticism was unfair. “I can’t imagine taking her position at the age of 18 and playing the fourth round in your home country,” she said.

“I’ve experienced something similar, but not so much. I know it’s real.”

But Wimbledon semi-finalist Karolina Pliskova said pressure will always be a factor when Raducanu wins a wildcard.

“You just have to deal with that pressure,” she said after advancing to the semifinals on Tuesday. “I was 18 years old (when I was). I was still a kid. She came out of nowhere … some of these girls, like Coco Gauff — she’s all ready for all of this. I think (it) helps if you are raised like a star. “

By Rohith Nair

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