John McEnroe doubles down on controversial comments about US Open champion Emma Raducanu | TheHill
Tennis legend turned broadcaster John McEnroe hasn’t changed his tune about Emma Raducanu — even after the British teen won the 2021 US Open on Saturday.
“I meant exactly what I said,” McEnroe told CNN in an interview in reference to comments he made about Raducanu’s ability to handle the tennis spotlight.
McEnroe previously suggested — after Raducanu pulled out of Wimbledon in July, due to breathing issues — that the pressure of her Grand Slam debut “just got a little bit too much” for the rising star.
“I tried to relate it in a small way to my experience when I first went to Wimbledon also at 18,” McEnroe said about his 1977 four-set loss to Jimmy Connors in the semifinals.
“[Raducanu] did better than I did. I played …
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