Former world No. 5 Daniela Hantuchova insists she has nothing against Emma Raducanu and urged Nick Kyrgios to next time listen to the full interview before reacting to it. After Raducanu suffered a surprise defeat Katerina Siniakova in Miami - which pushed her record in 2022 to 2-5 - Hantuchova said Raducanu was losing the locker room respect from players.
"What’s with old retired players giving their opinion on our stars now? I love A-rod and I agree we all need to chill with the rackets and all that, but geezus, I read an article about a past female player talking about radacanu, no offence but she is a far far bigger name already," Kyrgios tweeted over the weekend.
Hantuchova responded to Kyrgios' tweet
"Nick please next time,when you make a comment try to at least listen to the entire interview,i know you are super busy but..i have nothing but love and respect 4 Emma and because of that i believe she can achieve even bigger things,because of her class and talent.just like you," Hantuchova wrote.
Raducanu was up by a set and a break but Siniakova recovered to win 3-6 6-4 7-5. Raducanu was also 5-4 up in the third set but failed to serve out for the match as Siniakova claimed back-to-back breaks to overturn the deficit and stun Raducanu.
"That was a tough one for Emma," Hantuchova said of the loss. "I think it is going to hurt big time because of the chances she had. She was the better player for most of it. But the thing is now with Emma, everyone wants to beat her.
"All the locker-room respect she had after the US Open is now kind of going away which is a shame. It is going to be important now for Emma to regroup, rethink what she has to change and get out there on the practice court.
At that age, you want to be fit, you want to show everyone that you are out there, no matter how long it takes. And I believe Emma has the level, she just has to find a way to get it out of her."