Former seven-time Grand Slam champion John McEnroe called Emma Raducanu "a supremely talented individual" and added he feels the 19-year-old could definitely do well at Wimbledon. Raducanu, 19, introduced herself to the tennis world 12 months ago when she reached the Wimbledon last-16 as a wildcard.
In the round-of-16, Raducanu was forced to retire versus Ajla Tomljanovic after experiencing difficulties with breathing. Two months after Wimbledon, Raducanu put up a stunning run at the US Open to lift her maiden Grand Slam title.
"She's a supremely talented individual and has an excellent chance to make a good run. If she's physically fit, I'd be very surprised if she lost early, to think she can't win Wimbledon is ridiculous," McEnroe said, as quoted on Sportskeeda.
"Expectations go up greatly when you pull off something like that, and Emma did something no one in the history of tennis has done. I'm assuming expectations in Britain are pretty high, the change in her life is overwhelming, the scrutiny is a bit much at times, it's the same everywhere, not just Britain.
The bigger you are, the harder you fall."
All eyes will be on Raducanu
The moment Raducanu lifted the US Open title, many started talking about the attention she would receive at 2022 Wimbledon. Unfortunately for Raducanu, she hasn't had a great preparation for Wimbledon.
Raducanu kicked off her grass season two weeks ago in Nottingham, where she sustained a side injury in the opening game of her first round. Down 3-4 in the first set versus Viktorija Golubic, Raducanu decided to retire the match.
After retiring in Nottingham, Raducanu pulled out of Birmingham as she didn't want to risk aggravating her injury. Raducanu made the Wimbledon last-16 in her debut and certainly she can play extremely well on grass. It remains to be seen how far can Raducanu go at The All England Club this year.