Emma Raducanu Hits Back at Unfriendly Comments From England’s Rugby Head Coach

Published 11/11/2021, 12:56 AM EST
Sep 9, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of Great Britain reacts after winning a point against Maria Sakkari of Greece (not pictured) on day eleven of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports


Emma Raducanu reached unbelievable success in only her second Grand Slam tournament in New York. She became the first player to lift a major title coming from the qualifying stages. Following her staggering achievement, she broke several records. However, after competing at the Flushing Meadows, her performance levels haven’t been on the same level.

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To this, England’s rugby coach, Eddie Jones, claimed her losses were due to ‘distractions’. Just recently, at the Linz Open, Raducanu was knocked out in the opening round itself. Following his unfriendly comments, Raducanu strongly responded to the head coach.

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Eddie Jones slams Emma Raducanu

After reaching the quarterfinals of the Transylvania Open, Emma Raducanu entered the Linz Open. However, she fell short in the opening round against Wang Xinyu of China. Xinyu dominated in the pivotal moments and won the match in a three-set thriller. Following Raducanu’s string of early exits, Eddie Jones, former Australian rugby player and current head coach of England’s team, criticized Emma.

He claimed these defeats were down to ‘distractions’. Eddie Jones stated,The big thing for good young players is distractions, the distractions could be the exposure they get in the media, the praise they get, the criticism they get.”

Oct 8, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Emma Raducanu (GBR) reacts after losing a point to Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) at Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Furthermore, the head coach added, “What have you seen her on – the front page of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar or whatever it is, wearing Christian Dior clothes. All that is a distraction around her.”

However, many tennis personalities criticized Jones for his comments, claiming he was adding undue pressure on the young star.

Raducanu responds strongly to England rugby head coach

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When Raducanu became familiar with Jones’ comments, she struck back at the head coach. Raducanu said,I think that many people are going to have opinions of me and what I’m doing.”

Sep 6, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of the United Kingdom celebrates a winner against Shelby Rogers of the USA on day eight of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

The World N0. 20 clarified her goal by saying, “I just know I’m staying focused with a small circle around me. I have my parents, who would 100 percent let me know if I was getting swayed. I am very zoned in.”

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The British No. 1 has clearly stated her stance on dealing with negative criticism, which is crucial as she rose to unprecedented success without virtually any tour-level experience. Hopefully, the young star can emulate her US Open form in the 2022 season.

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analysing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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