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John McEnroe tears into Emma Raducanu for brutal decision before Australian Open



JOHN MCENROE has ripped into Emma Raducanu after her Australian Open campaign ended in the second round.

John McEnroe has taken another swipe at Emma Raducanu after the world No 18’s Australian Open debut. The 19-year-old shocked the sporting world when she became the first qualifier in history to win the US Open and has since become a household name.

McEnroe was one of the big names to criticise Raducanu when she was forced to retire from her round-of-16 clash at Wimbledon last summer.

Ranked down at world No 338, the Bromley local was awarded a wildcard into the main draw and reached the second week in her Grand Slam debut, but was forced to retire to Ajla Tomljanovic while a set-and-a-break down after struggling with breathing difficulties.

At the time, the seven-time Grand Slam champion claimed things got “a little too much” for the teenager, inferring that she couldn’t “handle” the pressure.


He has now taken aim at the Brit once again, slamming her decision to change coaches after winning the US Open.


“Expectations have now been ramped up in an unbelievable way,” the American told Sportsmail.

Sticking to his guns over his Wimbledon comments, McEnroe continued: “It was overwhelming for her at Wimbledon and then she had this magical run [at the US Open].

“I don’t know why she then decided to change coaches, you would think if a coach took her to the US Open Championship that you wouldn’t say that I need a new coach.”

The 19-year-old is now working to Torben Beltz, the man who guided Angie Kerber to the world No 1 ranking and two of her three Grand Slam titles.

But Raducanu’s Australian Open was cut short when she crashed out in the second round while suffering with blistering, leaving her unable to grip the racket, serve and hit forehands.


It was a valiant effort from the Brit, who turned to her slice to keep herself in the 6-4 4-6 6-3 match for more than two hours before losing to Danka Kovinic.

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And although McEnroe was critical of her coaching decision, he wished Raducanu well for her future in tennis and even defended her against backlash over her new sponsorships.

“It would be unbelievable if she’s around for the next 10 years doing well, that would be outstanding. She seems like a sweet girl, she’s got game, charisma, she’s got everything,” he admitted.

“I’m pulling for her, it’s not going to be easy, I’m sure she’s trying to figure it all out right now.

Addressing comments that Raducanu could get caught up in her off-court commitments, McEnroe continued: “They say everything in moderation, no matter what it is. I’m not sure she should be lambasted over it.

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“But she should be careful with that because obviously she has opportunities to do that and you don’t just go ‘I’m going to do everything.’ Of course not.”


“Their management team would be foolish to suggest that. Take it what one step at a time. Remember why you’re getting these opportunities, because you’re a great tennis player and you won the US Open.”

The world No 18 signed deals to become a brand ambassador for Dior, Tiffany & Co., British Airways and Evian in the weeks following her US Open triumph.