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John McEnroe stands by Emma Raducanu feedback: ‘I went by way of it, too’

John McEnroe stands by Emma Raducanu feedback: ‘I went by way of it, too’

John McEnroe speaks on court - John McEnroe stands by Emma Raducanu comments: 'I went through it, too' - GETTY IMAGES

John McEnroe speaks on courtroom – John McEnroe stands by Emma Raducanu feedback: ‘I went by way of it, too’ – GETTY IMAGES

John McEnroe has stood by his controversial feedback about Emma Raducanu, the place he implied she was not able to “handle it” at last year’s Wimbledon, and added that he additionally struggled to cope with the stress as a younger participant.

Seven-time main champion McEnroe drew heavy criticism final 12 months in the course of the Championships for his knee-jerk implication that Raducanu had crumbled beneath the stress, after she retired from her fourth-round match on Centre Court docket because of respiratory points.

However simply days earlier than Wimbledon begins, he has reiterated that he does not regret making the comments concerning the US Open champion, and mentioned they contributed to an necessary dialog round gamers’ psychological well-being.

“I would not say something completely different,” he instructed reporters. “I’ve by no means met Emma, I ought to add that. I’d like to at some point, obviously. I used to be simply giving an informed guess as to what I believed was taking place, based mostly on 45 years of being across the skilled sport. It isn’t like she’s the primary particular person it is occurred to. Particularly with psychological well being coming extra to the forefront. Naomi Osaka’s had points with psychological well being.

“Once I was enjoying you have been presupposed to grit your tooth and naked it, robust it out and the sort of stuff. Now it is changing into extra of a dialogue level, rightfully so. A number of occasions for these younger guys and ladies, it is quite a bit to cope with after they’re not ready to. It can proceed to occur. Simona Halep mentioned she had the primary panic assault of her life enjoying on the French [Open]. If something, I used to be making an attempt to be supportive of [Raducanu] in a manner, with out precisely understanding what was taking place. And I felt dangerous for her. I used to be amazed that she was in a position to come out of that and out of the blue win the US Open. That takes it to an entire different degree. I am on her aspect, only for the great of the sport I might prefer to see her have the ability to attain her potential.”

Emma Raducanu receives treatment for an injury during a medical time out in her match against Viktorija Golubic on day four of the Rothesay Open 2022 at Nottingham Tennis Centre, Nottingham - PA

Emma Raducanu receives therapy for an damage throughout a medical trip in her match towards Viktorija Golubic on day 4 of the Rothesay Open 2022 at Nottingham Tennis Centre, Nottingham – PA

McEnroe, 63, was no stranger to the glare of the highlight as a participant, and mentioned he may relate to the stress Raducanu was experiencing throughout her shock emergence at Wimbledon final summer time.

Forward of the British tennis star’s return on Monday, he likened the second to his resolution to skip the match in 1986 and 1987 – partially because of his psychological well being: “I attempt to be as sincere as attainable [in commentary], I’ll proceed to attempt to do this. The game’s given me quite a bit and I attempt to… give free recommendation in the event that they’re prepared to listen to it. I went by way of stuff [as a player], I used to be overwhelmed at occasions.

“I did not play Wimbledon for 2 years. I felt prefer it was an excessive amount of for me. We do not sit and focus on that that always. Do I want that I might accomplished that now? No, I want I had performed in a manner. I gave up two alternatives to play… perhaps a few of it was stubbornness, a few of it might have been stupidity, however a few of it was as a result of it was feeling prefer it was an excessive amount of to deal with.”

McEnroe additionally commented on the way it will really feel to cowl Wimbledon subsequent week without six-time major champion and fellow pundit Boris Becker alongside him.

‘It is a travesty simply any manner you have a look at it’

Becker was sentenced to 2 years and 9 months in jail in April for hiding £2.5m price of property and loans to keep away from paying money owed. Final month he was moved to HMP Huntercombe in Oxfordshire and McEnroe mentioned he hoped to go to him.

“Boris is a pal of mine, that is simply horrible,” McEnroe mentioned. “I do not know the place he’s. I believe they moved him someplace, I wish to see him if I probably can, if he is prepared to see folks or can. I simply really feel horrible.

“He is one of many nice gamers that ever performed the sport. He is been going by way of quite a bit for a very long time. He stored telling me it is going to be okay, , it is beneath management. That is Boris, he was only a very assured participant on the courtroom. However typically you are not essentially an important investor, you do not deal with your cash off the courtroom as nicely… However I do not know if any of us anticipated it getting so far actually. It is a travesty simply any manner you have a look at it.”

John McEnroe is a part of the BBC’s Wimbledon 2022 line-up. Catch all of the motion throughout BBC TV, radio and on-line from Monday June 27

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