John McEnroe refuses to back down on Emma Raducanu comments as Wimbledon nears

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“But the sport’s given me a lot and I try to encourage, or to suggest that people would listen and give free advice to people if they’re willing to hear it. I went through stuff, I was overwhelmed at times. I didn’t play Wimbledon for two years (in 1986 and 87).

“I felt like it was too much for me. We don’t sit and discuss that that often. But I chose not to go. Do I wish that I’d done that now? No, I wish I had played in a way. I gave up two opportunities to play for something that no one remembers, basically, and maybe some of it was stubbornness, some of it may have been stupidity, but some of it was because it was feeling like it was too much to handle. I feel like I generally could handle a lot.”

After Raducanu’s early exit at the French Open, McEnroe talked about her “revolving door of coaches” since last summer.

“I’m not exactly sure how involved her family is in her coaching,” he said. “Tennis players are pretty superstitious people and to win a Major without losing the set and then getting rid of your coach right after that, that seems, just from a superstitious point of view, unusual.”

John McEnroe is part of the BBC’s Wimbledon 2022 line-up. Catch all the action across BBC TV, radio and online from Monday 27th June.



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