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Navratilova reveals she leapt to Raducanu’s defence and told McEnroe to ‘STFU’ over Wimbledon criticism

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TENNIS legend Martina Navratilova has slammed John McEnroe for feedback he made after Wimbledon questioning Emma Raducanu’s psychological power.

The 18-year-old, who clinched her first Grand Slam title on the US Open on Saturday, retired from her fourth spherical match in opposition to Ajla Tomljanovic on the All England Club again in July on medical grounds.

Raducanu gained her first Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows on SaturdayCredit: Alamy
Navratilova (right) has praised Raducanu and slammed those who doubted her
Navratilova (proper) has praised Raducanu and slammed those that doubted herCredit: Getty

She was steadily holding her abdomen and appeared to be hyperventilating on the court docket, earlier than later explaining she had been affected by ‘respiration difficulties’.

And seven-time Slam winner McEnroe’s feedback from after the match drew some criticism.

He mentioned: “I really feel dangerous for Emma, I imply clearly it acquired – it seems it acquired a bit an excessive amount of, as is comprehensible, notably what we have been speaking about for the final six weeks.

“How a lot can gamers deal with?

“It makes you take a look at the blokes which have been round and the ladies for thus lengthy, how effectively they will deal with it.

“These guys that can keep their composure and the girls out there are absolutely amazing – so we have to appreciate the players that are able to do it so well and hopefully she will learn from this experience.”

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McEnroe's comments have been rubbished by Navratilova
McEnroe’s feedback have been rubbished by NavratilovaCredit: Rex

McEnroe’s feedback had been made to look a little bit naive when Raducanu dispatched Leylah Fernandez to win the US Open with out dropping a set.

The teenager produced one more dominant efficiency to seal a 6-4, 6-3 victory in entrance of a raucous American crowd.

And Navratilova, who gained 18 Grand Slam singles titles, has come out and insisted she all the time felt the unfavorable discuss round Raducanu’s mentality was not one thing she agreed with.

Speaking on The Andrew Marr Show, she mentioned: “She has very a lot silenced these critics and I mentioned that on the time ‘STFU’ [shut the f**k up] as a result of you do not know what you are speaking about.

“She is a star in the making, this is just a hiccup. Little did I know what a small hiccup it really was in the grand scheme of things here.

“I don’t think those people will be talking anything about her mental fitness ever again.”


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