John McEnroe receives backlash but stands with his comments about Emma Raducanu

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John McEnroe receives backlash but stands with his comments about Emma Raducanu

Former world No. 1 John McEnroe has acknowledged that he meant what he said about Emma Raducanu at Wimbledon. Raducanu, who received a wild card for Wimbledon, made the round-of-16 at The Championships before retiring to Ajla Tomljanovic.

Raducanu experienced breathing difficulties against Tomljanovic and ultimately retired. At the time -- speaking about Raducanu's retirement -- McEnroe said the occasion appeared to get "a little bit too much" for Raducanu.

"I meant exactly what I said,” McEnroe told CNN in an interview on Tuesday. “I tried to relate it in a small way to my experience when I first went to Wimbledon, also at 18. “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, like, make a big deal out of, to me, nothing”.

McEnroe praised Raducanu for her US Open victory

Raducanu, who was ranked at No.

150 in the world and had to play the qualifying event for the US Open, ended up winning her maiden Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows . Raducanu won three qualifying and seven main draw matches -- all in straight sets -- to claim a stunning US Open victory.

“I don’t think you could possibly do it any better than she did it when the US Open,” he added. “That’s insane, and that she’s been able to do this now there’s going to be obviously a lot more focus on it.

It’s incredible. “I don’t know how she is turning it around over the last couple of months (since Wimbledon) but I’m sure a lot of people would like to find out”.