Emma Raducanu recalls her on-court experience at Wimbledon
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Emma Raducanu has dismissed John McEnroe’s theory about her withdrawal from Wimbledon being down to late scheduling. The 18-year-old was 4-6, 0-3 down against Ajla Tomljanovic before deciding to quit – having been seen hyperventilating beforehand. And she’s now shut down the American’s suggestion.
Raducanu has electrified Wimbledon over the past week but, on Monday, was forced to quit her showdown with Tomljanovic.
That then led to criticism from McEnroe, who said: “I feel bad for Emma, obviously.
“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.”
McEnroe also theorised that the scheduling had played a part, saying: “I don’t think it helped that the previous match went as long as it did because it made her think about it more.
“That’s a lot to take on, especially when you’ve never been there before.”
But the British youngster has now rejected that suggestion, insisting she was happy to play at whatever time.
“I was prepared to go out there whatever time of day I was required to,” she said.
“I’m so excited, I didn’t find a problem with it at all.
“I think just to be able to have the opportunity to go on court one was something to cherish, and something to appreciate.”
Raducanu also revealed she quit after consulting the experts, who then suggested it was wise to pull out so she could get medical treatment.
“I’m doing well thank you for asking,” she said.
“I’m just glad I was able to recover so quickly.
“I think that, in the moment on court one the atmosphere was one again incredible to play in front of.
“I was obviously really really disappointed I couldn’t finish the match, I obviously wanted to be able to compete and try my best.
“But the medical advice was to pull out and I followed it up because I think their advice was the best in the end.”
And she then continued: “I found it difficult to regulate my breathing.
“I think that it was emphasised by some very long rallies we had towards the end of the first set, which made it tough for me to keep my composure and breathing in check.
“And then, at the beginning of the second set was when I struggled with it the most and I had the trainer on and made the decision at the end of the changeover.
“No, I don’t know what caused it.
“A combination of everything that’s gone on behind the scenes in the past week and an accumulation of the buzz.
“I think it’s a great learning experience from me going forward and hopefully next time I’ll be better prepared.”
Wimbledon have since released a statement on their scheduling, insisting nothing’s amiss and wishing Raducanu well in her recovery.
“We were very sad to see Emma forced to withdraw from her match last night and wish her all the best with her recovery,” they said.
“She should be commended for the poise and maturity she has shown throughout the Wimbledon fortnight and we very much look forward to welcoming her back to Wimbledon next year and in the years to come.
“In respect of scheduling, as always, the scheduling of the order of play each day at The Championships is a complex operation, and although we take great care when scheduling matches and allocating courts on a daily basis, it is not an exact science.
“All decisions are made with fairness and the best interests of the tournament, players, spectators and our worldwide broadcast audience at heart, but the unpredictable nature of the length of matches and the British weather can and will cause disruption to any schedule.”
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