The 18-year-old became the darling of the country as she advanced to the round of 16 at the All England Club. It was the best start for a Briton in the tournament since 1979. However, she was forced to retire due to shortness of breath during the clash against Ajla Tomljanovic on Monday.
The British teenager was 4-6 0-3 when she became breathless and had to take a medical break, forcing officials to call off the game.
This prompted the young player to criticize former champion John McEnroe.
Mr McEnroe said after the game: “It looks like it has gotten a bit too much, understandably, especially [with] what we’ve been talking about the past six weeks with Naomi Osaka, not even here. “
England striker Rashford, preparing for his historic Euro 2020 semi-final with Denmark, jumped in to defend Ms Raducanu in a thoughtful Twitter post.
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Cricketer Kevin Pietersen wrote that “mental toughness is what separates the good from the great in the sport”.
Two-time Grand Slam winner Andy Murray and his mother, tennis coach, Judy Murray, have questioned those opinions.
“There’s no question that mental toughness can be what separates the best in the sport, but surely you both don’t judge his mental toughness in yesterday’s game ?!” the Wimbledon star replied to Mr McEnroe.
Her mother urged people to remember that Ms. Raducanu is still a teenager.
“Middle-aged men should generally avoid commenting on the physical or mental well-being of adolescent girls. They will never know or fully understand this world, ”said Murray.
Ms Raducanu is still awaiting her A-level results and, since announcing her retirement from Wimbledon, said that “the whole experience has caught up with me”.
She then thanked the fans for “the best time of my life” and promised to come back better than before.
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This notice was published: 2021-07-07 01:15:00