Andy Murray, former Wimbledon champion, slammed former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen and Piers Morgan after their criticism of Brit teenager Emma Raducanu following her Wimbledon exit.
Three-time Grand Slam Murray voiced his disapproval of Morgan’s ‘very harsh’ evaluation of Raducanu and questioned Pietersen for judging Raducanu’s ‘mental toughness’ off the again of her Wimbledon withdrawal.
Raducanu retired from her fourth-round match in opposition to Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia due to ‘difficulty in breathing’. She was trailing 6-4, 3-0 when the match was referred to as off.
The 18-year-old was enjoying in her first Grand Slam event and second tour-level occasion. She gained followers throughout Britain throughout her run to the second week at Wimbledon.
After the match, tennis nice John McEnroe recommended that Raducanu couldn’t deal with the strain.
“It appears it got a bit too much, which is understandable,” for Raducanu. He then referred to Naomi Osaka, the four-time main champion who pulled out of the earlier Grand Slam event – the French Open – and in addition missed Wimbledon as a result of she stated she wanted a break.
“I feel bad for Emma, obviously,” he instructed the BBC. “It seems it simply bought just a little bit an excessive amount of, and is comprehensible, notably with what we’ve been speaking about over the past six weeks about Osaka.
“How much can players handle? It makes you look at the guys that have been around and the girls who have been around for so long – how well they can handle it. Hopefully, she’ll learn from this experience.”
McEnroe was broadly condemned for his views, however did discover an ally in Morgan who wrote on Twitter, “McEnroe told the truth. Ms Raducuna’s a talented player but couldn’t handle the pressure & quit when she was losing badly. Not ‘brave’, just a shame. If I were her, I’d tell my fans to stop abusing McEnroe & seek his advice on how to toughen up & become a champion like he was.”
“I think the whole experience caught up with me,” she stated earlier than including, “At the end of the first set, after some super intense rallies, I started to breathe heavily and felt dizzy. The medical team advised me not to continue, and although it felt like the hardest thing in the world not to be able to finish my Wimbledon on the court, I was not well enough to carry on.”