‘Scrutiny’s a bit much’ Emma Raducanu defended by John McEnroe over ‘frustrating’ comments | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

At the US Open in September 2021, Emma became the first player, male or female, to ever progress through qualifying stages en route to the title.

Former Wimbledon champ John followed a similar path, when, in 1977, he came through qualifying as an 18-year-old to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals. 

The following year, he crashed out of Wimbledon in the first round. 

Speaking to Radio Times, McEnroe said: “Expectations go up greatly when you pull off something like that [winning a grand slam], and Emma did something no one in the history of tennis has done.”

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