“People Who Are Jealous”: British Labour MP Blasts Media for Being Harsh on Emma Raducanu

Published 10/09/2021, 6:57 AM EDT
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 been one of the most talked-about athletes in recent months. Ever since her US Open triumph, she has been living a good life. However, she has been subject to a lot of criticism during the Wimbledon Championships 2021.

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Recently, Emma Raducanu received support from British Labour MP Chris Evans. He felt that she should not have been targeted as she is still a youngster and criticism can have an impact on her negatively. However, this is part and parcel of life for people in the limelight and eventually, it is she who has to be strong and avoid paying much attention to the negativity. 

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The politician from Islwyn in South Wales stated, “it’s all part of the old British adage of building them up to knock them down. There are always going to be negative voices, there are always going to be people who are jealous — but I think she’s just got to turn it off, she’s got to find a way to turn that background music off. Some people get to the point where they criticise so much it becomes white noise, it doesn’t mean anything anymore.”

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The politician came down on commentators who have been picky on the youngster. When she retired from her fourth-round match at the Wimbledon Championships, she was criticized and picked on by commentators and pundits. However, with the recent success in New York, she has silenced her detractors. 

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Oct 8, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Emma Raducanu (GBR) hits a shot against Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) at Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

The 44-year-old further added, “a lot of commentators out there — especially this period that we’re going through — seem angry with the world, they seem to be angry about everything and can’t be happy for anyone. I do hope that we can get to a point where we can be happy for a winner. But to me, at the moment, I think she just needs to be able to enjoy it. This is an 18-year-old, a fantastic talent, we should be happy for her and just enjoy watching her play.”

At the moment, Raducanu is ready to compete in the WTA Indian Wells 1000 event. It is her first appearance in a 1000 tournament. If she goes deep into the event, she could land a spot in the season-ending WTA Finals in Mexico. We wish her the best of luck. 

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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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