“Don’t Really Hold Anything Against Anyone”: Emma Raducanu on John McEnroe’s Wimbledon Retirement Comments

Published 09/18/2021, 7:41 AM EDT
Sep 11, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of Great Britain hits a forehand against Leylah Fernandez of Canada (not pictured) in the women’s singles final on day thirteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports


The newly crowned US Open champion, Emma Raducanu, has the world at her feet. Inundated with outpouring love, Raducanu has received congratulatory messages from none other than Her Majesty the Queen, British and Canadian Prime Ministers, NBA Legend Magic Johnson, and many other celebrities.

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For the British fans, Raducanu’s victory brought enormous cheer. The 18-year-old became the first British woman in 44 years to win a tennis Grand Slam singles title.

Sep 11, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of Great Britain celebrates with the championship trophy after her match against Leylah Fernandez of Canada (not pictured) in the women’s singles final on day thirteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Emma Raducanu responds to John McEnroe’s comments

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In a recent interview with VOGUE, the host Olivia Marks asked for Raducanu’s views on the comments made by Piers Morgan and John McEnroe on her.

At this year’s Wimbledon Championships, Raducanu withdrew mid-way through her fourth-round match citing ‘difficulty in breathing’, a move that was criticized by McEnroe.

The seven-time Grand Slam champion said the occasion appeared to have got “a little bit too much” for Raducanu and drew parallels with Naomi Osaka, who pulled out of the tournament because of mental health issues.

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However, when asked, Raducanu made light of the comments. There’s always going to be someone who “has something to say, and I respect everyone’s thoughts and decisions, so I don’t really hold anything against anyone,” said Raducanu

Aug 31, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of Great Britain serves against Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland (not pictured) on day two of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

After scripting history at the US Open, Raducanu became an overnight superstar. Recently, she walked down the red carpet at Met Gala, impressing everyone with her spectacular style.

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Interestingly, Raducanu revealed meeting Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton at the Met Gala. Being a huge motorsports fan, chatting with Formula 1 legend was a thrilling experience for Raducanu.

Meanwhile, the appreciation is pouring still. A few days back, top soccer coach Jurgen Klopp, who manages Premier League team Liverpool, described her as the ‘talent of the century’. It’s been an unforgettable three weeks for Raducanu, a special period she will treasure forever.

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Kshitij Tayal

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Kshitij Tayal is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having played district-level tennis competitions, Kshitij is also a tenured journalist of the sport with over four years of experience. At EssentiallySports, he pens down some thought-provoking pieces on players and tournaments across the ATP and WTA.

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