Emma Raducanu made wise choice avoiding mixed doubles, criticisms are silly

The young British player, eliminated in the 4th round of Wimbledon by Lulu Sun, defended her choice to not play the mixed doubles with Murray; a choice that I fully agree with

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Emma Raducanu made wise choice avoiding mixed doubles, criticisms are silly
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The defeat in the 4th round against the New Zealand outsider Lulu Sun must have been hard to stomach for Emma Raducanu, as the British player was the favorite of the challenge, but the path taken at Wimbledon by the former US Open winner must make her proud. She can go back to dreaming and competing, she can play well against all opponents, especially on fast surfaces. She still lacks a bit of power in her shots; this made the difference in the match against Sun, who outclassed her opponent with her powerful shots.

Many, too many, however, have focused on the British player's choice not to play the mixed doubles with Andy Murray, depriving her legendary countryman of one last match at Wimbledon. At the press conference, Raducanu explained how the choice she made was made to preserve her health. A choice she would make again (I agree with her, scrolling through the article you will find out what I think about it).

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Emma Raducanu© Julian Finney / Staff Getty Images Spor
 

"I didn't want to take away Murray's last match. But at the end of the day, I think a lot of players in a similar situation would have done the same thing, prioritizing their body. I don't think it was a mistake because I felt good, then yesterday morning I woke up with stiffness. I have to prioritize myself, my singles matches and my body. I think it was the right decision. It was a difficult decision because it's something I've always wanted to do," she explained.

Personally, I think Emma's choice was the right one. It's a shame that Andy couldn't play one last match at Wimbledon, but it's right that Raducanu preserves her body and her health for the goals she has set for herself. If the positions were reversed, what would Murray have done? And then, let's not forget that the Scot closed the doubles with his brother Jamie with evident back pain. Who assures that he could have played mixed doubles?

Emma Raducanu
Emma Raducanu© Julian Finney / Staff Getty Images Spor
 

Anyway, the harshest criticism, apart from that which Emma brings with her (idiotic) haters, came from Anne Diamond, who said live on TV:

"I don't support Raducanu anymore. I'm so sorry: I was so enthusiastic and absolutely on her side, and now this. For me, it's like Rishi Sunak returning early from the beaches of D-Day. I think it's an unforgivable snub. Speaking only as a fan, I couldn't wait. I also see it as a huge snub from a girl, who has a future ahead of her, yes, but Murray is the king of Wimbledon. She snubbed Murray, the king of Wimbledon; who does she think she is?" she told.

At the press conference after the defeat to Sun, the young British player analyzed the match, underlining this edition of Wimbledon has been positive for her.

"I think I've really put myself first the last few months. Now, tennis is the only thing that's really occupied my time, my mind, it's all I want to do. I think that desire and passion is back. I just want to continue to build on that. There are areas where I need to continue to improve. Some things I've done better during the grass court season. I think I've improved some things. My serve has improved. But I think I need to work on consistency.

Being good every day, not just some days. It honestly makes me more determined. Of course I'm disappointed. Of course I want more. Everything happens for a reason. It just fuels the fire and makes me hungrier I've beaten two top 10 players in 2 weeks, which is a big deal for me. I think I need to take confidence from that. 6 months ago, when I started after the surgery, I would have signed for the 4th round at Wimbledon," she told.

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