Raducanu defends her withdrawal of mixed doubles after Judy Murray’s remarks

Emma Raducanu said she is not changing her decision to withdraw from the mixed doubles match against Andy Murray. She explained that this was a simple decision she took to concentrate on her development in women's singles.

Emma Raducanu

Emma Raducanu stated she is sticking by her choice to withdraw from her mixed doubles match with Andy Murray, describing it as an easy choice made to focus on her progress in the women’s singles.

With a sore wrist, Raducanu withdrew from their first-round match on Saturday. She did not want to take any chances before her fourth-round singles match against qualifier Lulu Sun on Sunday, in which she lost 6-2, 5-7, 6-2, but she did not want to take any risk.

The former US Open winner faced backlash for the decision. Judy Murray, Andy’s mother, called it astonishing in a post on X, although she later clarified that she was being sarcastic and pointed the finger at the tournament schedule.

Asked about Judy’s comments after her singles exit, Raducanu said: “I haven’t seen her reaction, so I don’t know. I’m sure she didn’t mean it. I don’t think it was a mistake because I was feeling fine, and then yesterday morning, I just woke up with stiffness. I have to prioritise myself, my singles and my body.”

She added: “I stand by the decision. Obviously, it was a tough decision because it’s something that I’ve always wanted to do. Of course, I didn’t want to take his last match away from him, but at the end of the day, I think a lot of the players in a similar situation would have done the same thing. I think in this sport, especially as an individual, you have to make your own calls and prioritise yourself. Especially with my history, I just had to put myself first. Given how I woke up yesterday morning, it was for me a no-brainer.”

Emma Raducanu in 2024

Emma Raducanu

16 - 10win/loss

21 year old
2024 Highlights

Ranked no.135, Raducanu played her last match on the 7th of July when she surrendered to world no.123 LuluAnke Sun 6-2 5-7 6-2 in the 4th round in Wimbledon (draw).

Until now, during this year Raducanu has achieved an overall 16-10 record. Emma Raducanu’s best result of this year was reaching the semifinal in Nottingham.

Emma Raducanu will play the world no.48 Viktoriya Tomova in the final. Their record is 1-0 for Tomova.

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