Emma Raducanu Breaks Silence On Withdraw From Mixed Doubles With Andy Murray

Emma Raducanu awoke on Saturday with a stiff wrist and informed Murray that she would prioritise her participation in the singles, denying the two-time winner a farewell match at the All England Club.

Emma Raducanu stated that she sticks with her decision to withdraw from the Wimbledon mixed-doubles match with Andy Murray after losing in three sets to qualifier Lulu Sun in the singles competition.

Emma Raducanu awoke on Saturday with a stiff wrist and informed Murray that she would prioritise her participation in the singles, denying the two-time winner a farewell match at the All England Club.

The 21-year-old was later eliminated in the fourth round of the singles by world number 123 Sun on Centre Court on Sunday, falling in three sets to the qualifier due to a lower back problem.

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Despite criticism for withdrawing from her match with Murray, Emma Raducanu stated she did not regret accepting the 37-year-old’s invitation to play in the mixed doubles.

The former US Open champion revealed that she did not expect to make it past the fourth round at Wimbledon and that it was a “no-brainer” to prioritise her fitness over giving Murray a final farewell.

“I don’t think it was a mistake because I was feeling fine, then yesterday morning just woke up with stiffness,” Emma Raducanu claimed. “I need to prioritise myself, my singles, and my body.”

“I believe that was the correct decision. I stand by my decision. It was a difficult decision, but it was something I’d always wanted to do.

“I didn’t want to take his final match away from him. But, at the end of the day, I believe most athletes in a comparable circumstance would have done the same thing, putting their bodies first. I remain confident that I made the correct decision.

“He was disappointed because it was his last match at Wimbledon.” But, what a champion. I hope he’ll play in the Olympics and say goodbye again.

“I believe that everyone has the right to express their ideas on any decision. Of course, there was some cloudiness.

“I doubt I would have done it any other way. I believe that, particularly in our sport, you must make your own decisions and prioritise yourself. With my history, I simply had to put myself first.”

Emma Raducanu missed Wimbledon last year

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Emma Raducanu missed Wimbledon last year after having surgery on both her wrists and one of her ankles. The wildcard, who was the last Briton in the singles draw, claimed her painful wrist was caused by her recent exertion on grass.

“I just woke up yesterday with a bit of a stiff wrist,” she told me. “With the balls being so heavy in the grass, it’s something I have to deal with. I’ve been playing on the grass for some weeks now. I believe I just have to prioritise my singles.

“I’ve been dealing with a tight back since yesterday. I believe it was overblown today. I was feeling it throughout the game. I believe that had an impact on me, particularly during the serve.”

Emma Raducanu, who reached the fourth round at Wimbledon, matched her best performance at a grand slam since winning the US Open and claimed she had not talked with Murray about what they would do with their mixed-doubles tournament if she advanced to the second week.

“I didn’t expect to make it to the fourth round. So for me, it was a no-brainer. “I would have loved to play,” she said.

“He did not ask me, ‘If you’re still in the singles, will you play?'” That was never a question to be addressed. Given how I awoke yesterday morning, it was an easy decision for me.”

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