Emma Raducanu Reportedly Rejects Rugby Boss’ Invitation After Recent Controvresy

Published 11/12/2021, 8:00 AM EST
Oct 6, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Emma Raducanu (GBR) plays on the practice courts during the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


British teenager Emma Raducanu has rejected an invitation to watch Eddie Jones’ England rugby team play at Twickenham after the boss criticized her. The coach felt that the youngster has drifted from her priorities lately due to her off-the-court activities.

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To clear the air, Jones spoke about the recent controversy created with reference to Emma Raducanu. He felt that his comments were taken out of context and still maintains that youngsters in today’s world tend to get distracted due to the many activities that take place in the times we currently live in. 

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The 61-year-old coach stated, “The whole point was how difficult it is for young players to cope with distractions. So the point I made was not wrong. I can’t control if it’s taken out of context. There was no criticism of Emma. I have sent her a letter just to reinforce that and hopefully, we’ll see her at Twickenham shortly.”

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There was a miscommunication with Emma Raducanu 

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Chiefly, Jones felt sad that the comments made by him were taken in an inappropriate manner. It is even sadder that Raducanu felt let down by the whole episode. However, He does remain optimistic about the idea that Emma will attend the event. 

The former Australian player added, “I don’t have any misgivings about what I said – I am disappointed it was taken out of context, and I would be disappointed if Emma was upset by it. It was deemed as being sexist and that was never the aim of the point.”

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

Coming to tennis, Emma had a slight downfall after winning the US Open this year. She parted ways with her coach and suffered some unfortunate results. She lost in the opening round of the Indian Wells 2021 and due to that was unable to stand a chance to qualify for the WTA Finals. Nonetheless, we wish her the best of luck for the upcoming 2022 season.

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering Tennis and Formula One.

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