John McEnroe doubles down on Emma Raducanu criticism but says he was actually 'very supportive' of Brit teen sensation

John McEnroe doubles down on Emma Raducanu criticism but says he was actually 'very supportive' of Brit teen sensation

JOHN MCENROE has stood by his criticism of tennis sensation Emma Raducanu despite her historic triumph at the US Open.

The outspoken pundit doubled down on comments he made this summer questioning the Brit’s mental strength.



Raducanu was forced to withdraw from her fourth-round match during her fairytale run at Wimbledon in July.

At the time McEnroe suggested “it got a bit too much” for the 18-year-old after breathing difficulties saw her pull out of the clash with Ajla Tomljanovic.

Last Saturday Raducanu stunned the world when she became the first qualifier ever to win a Grand Slam title in what some reckon to be the greatest sporting achievement by a Brit.

The victory over Canada’s Leylah Fernandez brought with it congratulations from the likes of the Queen and PM Borish Johnson.

But McEnroe has refused to back down from his comments and even suggested he had been trying to help the teen with his pointed remarks.

“I meant exactly what I said,” McEntro told CNN. “I tried to relate it in a small way to my experience when I first went to Wimbledon, also at 18.

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“There's a lot of great upsides, but there's also pressure you put on yourself and expectations that others put on you.

“I mean that was, to me, as vanilla as it comes… I was very supportive of her, I thought, at the time.

“You know the papers over in England. Sometimes they make a big deal out of, to me, nothing.”

McEnroe’s latest comments come after fellow tennis legend Martina Navratilova revealed she told the seven-time Grand Slam winner to “STFU” following his Wimbledon view.

Praising Raducanu, the decorated Navratilova said: "She has very much silenced those critics and I said that at the time 'STFU' (shut the f*** up) because you don't know what you're talking about.

"I don't think those people will be talking anything about her mental fitness ever again."

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