‘Don’t judge us too harshly’ – Andy Murray begs media to fire Emma Raducanu ahead of Wimbledon
Andy Murray has called on the media not to judge Emma Raducanu “too harshly” as the 19-year-old prepares to make her second Wimbledon appearance.
The British women’s No.1 is battling for her fitness ahead of the start of Wimbledon on June 27, having played just 33 minutes of lawn tennis after injury forced her to withdraw from the Nottingham Open.
Indeed, the 19-year-old has failed to reach the heights many expected of her after stunning the world with her US Open title win in 2021.
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She failed to make it past the second round of the Australian and French openers amid a number of injury issues.
Raducanu went through several coaches after parting ways with Andrew Richardson and arrived at Roland Garros without a coach, opting instead to travel to Paris with only a hitting partner.
But in an impassioned appeal to the media, Murray urged viewers to “just let her [Raducanu] be who she is.”
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Murray added: “We will make mistakes and sometimes say the wrong thing, but maybe don’t judge us too harshly when we do and I’m sure that would help Emma a bit.
“Just let her be who she is, and you know, she might say things that are a joke or maybe she doesn’t mean to say or whatever.”
“I think there has to be a level of trust and respect between the player and the media.
“I also had issues early in my career where maybe some things I said were taken out of context or some jokes I could have made turned into big stories and headlines. where it made things a little sour and negative.”
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