September 15 (Hfrance.fr) - John McEnroe was the victim of a backlash after comments on Emma Raducanu when she retired from Wimbledon in July, but the American said he was "very supportive" of her at the time and congratulatedCited the Briton for her superb victory at the US Open.
Making his major debut, Raducanu retired from his last Wimbledon match. due to breathing difficulties, while McEnroe, commenting on the match for the BBC, said the occasion seemed to be "a bit too much " for her. learn more
While McEnroe was criticized for his comments, the three-time Wimbledon champion said they were out of proportion.
"I meant exactly what I said " McEnroe told CNN host Christiane Amanpour in an interview.
"I tried to relate it in a small way back to my experience when I first went to Wimbledon at 18 years old.
"There isa lot of good points, but there is also the pressure you put on yourself and the expectations that others place on you. I mean it was for me as vanilla as it comes ... I was very supportive of her, I thought, at the time.
"You know the newspapers in England. Sometimes they make a big deal for me, nothing for me.
Raducanu, 18, stunned the world of sport le last weekend when she beat compatriot Leylah Fernandez to become the first qualifier to win a major title.
McEnroe said he wondered how she would handle her newfound fame after her run at Wimbledon.
"I don 't think you can do it better than she (at the US Open), "McEnroe added. "It's crazy that she hascould do it. "
McEnroe also said he hoped to see Naomi Osaka return to action soon after the Japanese takes a break from tennis. read more more
"Osaka was a very shy and introverted person the first time I met her. I think she continues to be like that now "he said of the quadruple major winner.
" She stepped out last year, made a big statement at the US Open wearing the mask. It was a good thing.
"Now all of a sudden more attention is on her. I hope to God she can handle it because we need her still 10 years left. " Report by Manasi Pathak in Bangalore; Edited by Peter Rutherford
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