Navratilova blasts McEnroe over his criticism of Emma Raducanu

STFU John McEnroe! Martina Navratilova blasts fellow tennis legend over his criticism of Emma Raducanu’s mental strength at Wimbledonbefore angry Twitter users demand he publicly congratulates her after she stormed to US Open glory

  • Martina Navratilova has hit out at John McEnroe over his comments this summer
  • McEnroe said Raducanu found playing in last-16 at Wimbledon ‘a little too much
  • The American stated she buckled under the pressure and got emotional at SW19
  • But Raducanu has responded by securing a historic victory at the US Open
  • And Navratilova hopes that puts an end to talk about Raducanu’s ‘mental fitness
  • Martina Navratilova has hit out at fellow tennis great John McEnroe after he questioned at Wimbledon whether new US Open champion Emma Raducanu could mentally handle the pressure of the big stage.

    Raducanu retired from her fourth-round match against Ajla Tomljanovic on Court One at SW19 in July on medical grounds.

    She was seen holding her stomach on several occasions and appeared to be hyperventilating before retiring, and the following day revealed she had ‘breathing difficultiesand that she thought ‘the whole experience caught up with me.

    Martina Navratilova has hit out at John McEnroe over his criticism of Emma Raducanu at Wimbledon

    Martina Navratilova has hit out at John McEnroe over his criticism of Emma Raducanu at Wimbledon

    McEnroe made the comments in July

    Navratilova won 18 singles titles

    McEnroe (L) said in July playing in the last 16 ‘was a little too much for Raducanu’, but Navratilova (R) has fired back saying she has silenced her critics

    She was seen clutching her stomach throughout the match against Ajla Tomljanovic in July

    She was seen clutching her stomach throughout the match against Ajla Tomljanovic in July

    But her withdrawal received criticism from some quarters, including from tennis legend McEnroe, who suggested the 18-year-old found playing in the last 16 ‘a little too much’.

    McEnroe however faced a backlash himself for suggesting Raducanu buckled under the pressure and got ’emotionalat the All England Club earlier this year.

    But Raducanu responded on the court in superb style just a couple of months later by becoming the first ever qualifier to win a Grand Slam after beating fellow teenager Leylah Fernandez in the US Open final in straight sets.

    And Navratilova – chi ha vinto? 18 Grand Slam singles titlesbelieves that the 18-year-old Brit has ‘silenced her critics’, who will never ‘be talking anything about her mental fitness ever again’.

    Continuando a parlare The Andrew Marr Show, Navratilova said: ‘She has very much silenced those critics and I said that at the time ‘STFUbecause you don’t know what you’re talking about.

    Raducanu retired from her fourth-round Wimbledon match following breathing difficulties

    Raducanu retired from her fourth-round Wimbledon match following breathing difficulties

    She therefore had to withdraw following a medical timeout on court where she was assessed

    She therefore had to withdraw following a medical timeout on court where she was assessed

    ‘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.

    Raducanu became Britain’s first women’s Grand Slam singles champion since Virginia Wade’s success in 1977.

    It was a superb US Open final, with Raducanu prevailing with a 6-4 6-3 success against fellow teenager Fernandez, of Canada.

    Navratilova was full of praise for Raducanu and added that, while she can still improve, ‘there are no holes in her game’.

    Lei disse: ‘It’s ridiculous how well she has done.

    McEnroe made the comments in July

    McEnroe however insisted Raducanu buckled under the pressure and got ’emotional

    ‘She just doesn’t get rattled. She is so switched on in every way and as I say she came out of the box all put together already, no batteries needed. She’s the whole package.

    ‘There’s places where she can get better in her game, decisamente, lei è 18, but there are no holes in her game and at 18 that is extraordinary so just impressive in every way.

    After retiring at Wimbledon following a medical timeout, McEnroe ha detto: 'Mi dispiace per Emma, Voglio dire, ovviamente ha ottenuto – sembra che abbia preso un po' troppo, come è comprensibile, in particolare di cosa abbiamo parlato nelle ultime sei settimane.

    'Quanto possono gestire i giocatori?? Ti fa guardare i ragazzi che sono stati in giro e le ragazze per così tanto tempo, quanto bene possono gestirlo.

    But she has bounced back on court after beating Leylah Fernandez (L) in the US Open final

    But she has bounced back on court after beating Leylah Fernandez (L) in the US Open final

    She won in straight sets to become the first ever qualifier to win a Grand Slam tournament

    She won in straight sets to become the first ever qualifier to win a Grand Slam tournament

    'Questi ragazzi che riescono a mantenere la calma e le ragazze là fuori sono assolutamente fantastici – quindi dobbiamo apprezzare i giocatori che sono in grado di farlo così bene e speriamo che impari da questa esperienza.’

    But following Raducanu’s victory, many users on Twitter reflected on McEnroe’s comments. Uno ha scritto: ‘Eat your words John McEnroe!’

    Un altro ha aggiunto: ‘Hey John McEnroe, I got you a huge dollop of thisbefore adding a gif of humble pie.

    Inoltre, another insisted McEnroe should speak publicly and offer his congratulations to her after she created tennis history on Saturday in New York.

    ‘Probably would’ve been nice for McEnroe to publicly congratulate Raducanu after what he said at Wimbledon, but some people just can’t admit they’re wrong, can they.