‘Let Her Be Who She Is’ – Andy Murray Calls Out the Media to Respect British Star Emma Raducanu After Constant Heat

Published 06/16/2022, 9:44 AM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 18, 2022 Britain’s Andy Murray celebrates winning his first round match against Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili REUTERS/James Gourley

Media Scrutiny has been a thing that has acted as a troublemaker for a number of players in the past. While experienced players like Andy Murray have got the hang of it, young players like Emma Raducanu often fail to withstand the scrutiny. In the midst of constant media heat over Raducanu, Andy Murray recently came out in support of the 19-year-old.

Having retired from the Queen’s Club event with an abdominal injury, Murray recently gave an interview to BBC Sport. During the interview, the three-time major champion spoke about how the media should treat young players like Raducanu. To prove his point, the former World No.1 went back in time, citing his own example.

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Andy Murray on how media should treat Emma Raducanu

Talking to Matt Graveling of BBC Sport, Murray gave his views on the importance of trust and respect between players and the media.

“I think there needs to be a level of trust and respect between the player and the media. I also had problems early in my career where maybe certain things that I said got taken out of context or jokes that I might have made turned into big stories and big headlines where it turned things a bit sour and negative,” he further added.

Emma Raducanu rose to fame last year by becoming the first-ever qualifier to win a Grand Slam at the 2021 US Open. The British teen has been enjoying her overnight stardom ever since then. However, she has also been struggling with the downfall of being a prominent player.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 20, 2022 Britain’s Emma Raducanu looks dejected after losing her second round match against Montenegro’s Danka Kovinic REUTERS/Loren Elliott

However, Murray thinks that shouldn’t be the case. Coming out in support of the youngster, Murray continued, “Just let her be who she is, and you know, she might say some things that are a joke or that she maybe doesn’t mean or whatever…”

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Murray talks from experience

Having gone through the grind of media scrutiny himself, Murray is undoubtedly aware of the effect it has on a player. Ending his words, Murray used the platform to urge the media to not be harsh on players.

Aug 30, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Andy Murray of Great Britain reacts after a miss to Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece (not pictured) on day one of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

“We will make mistakes and say the wrong thing at times but just maybe don’t judge us too harshly when we do that and I’m sure that would help Emma a little bit.”

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On the tennis front, both Brits are gearing up for the 2022 Wimbledon Championships, which starts from the 27th of this month.

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Ahmar Wasif

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Ahmar Wasif is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is a national level tennis player and has a number of titles to his name. His experience on the court allows him to incorporate a deeper understanding in his coverage of the sport.

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