John McEnroe, Piers Morgan Under Fire For Comments About Emma Raducanu’s Scary Wimbledon Exit

Tennis great John McEnroe is under fire for comments made about 18-year-old rising star Emma Raducanu.

Raducanu, who was the breakout star at Wimbledon this year, was forced to medically retire from her Round of 16 match against Alja Tomljanovic on Monday afternoon. Raducanu was trailing in the match when she began experiencing a shortness of breath. Raducanu was attended to by the medics, who advised her not to continue.

After Raducanu’s exit from the tournament, McEnroe took some cheap shots at the 18-year-old, saying she couldn’t handle the pressure and that the moment was too big for her.

“I feel bad for Emma, obviously,” McEnroe said, via the New York Post. “It appears it just got a little bit too much, as is understandable, particularly with what we’ve been talking about this over the last six weeks with Osaka not even here. How much can players handle? It makes you look at the guys that have been around and the girls for so long – how well they can handle it. Hopefully she’ll learn from this experience.”

While McEnroe seemed to have a reasonable point about the pressure, his delivery was off.

To make matters worse, people like Piers Morgan piled on.

“McEnroe told the truth. Ms Raducuna’s [sic] a talented player but couldn’t handle the pressure & quit when she was losing badly,” Morgan wrote on Twitter. “Not ‘brave’, just a shame. If I were her, I’d tell my fans to stop abusing McEnroe, & seek his advice on how to toughen up & become a champion like he was.”

Predictably, Morgan was roasted.

As for Raducanu, she has handled everything with class and released a statement on Tuesday morning, thanking everyone for their support.

“First up, I want to congratulate Ajla on an incredible performance and I’m sorry our match ended the way it did. I was playing the best tennis of my life in front of an amazing crowd this week and I think the whole experience caught up with me,” she wrote. “At the end of the first set, after some super intense rallies, I started to breathe heavily and felt dizzy. The medical team advised me not to continue and although it felt like the hardest thing in the world not to be able to finish my Wimbledon on the court, I was not well enough to carry on.

“I want to thank the people who have cheered me on every single match, I wanted to win so badly for you! I also want to thank the All England Club, my team, the LTA, my parents and friends. Last night will go a long way to helping me learn what it takes to perform at the top.

“I will cherish everything we have achieved together this week and come back stronger! Can’t wait to see what’s next on my journey.”

Raducanu entered Wimbledon as the No. 338 player in the world. After beating two top-50 opponents at the All England Club, Marketa Vondrousova and Sorana Cirstea, Raducanu will certainly see that ranking rise.

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