Emma Raducanu ‘stands by decision’ to withdraw from mixed doubles with Andy Murray

Emma Raducanu

Emma Raducanu ‘stands by decision’ to withdraw from mixed doubles with Andy Murray:

LONDON – 

Emma Raducanu defended her controversial decision to withdraw from her mixed doubles match with Andy Murray, which spelled the end of his Wimbledon career, on the eve of her fourth-round singles match against Lulu Sun, which she lost.

Raducanu was scheduled to play with Murray, a former Wimbledon champion, on Saturday, but opted to pull out of the tie due to a stiff wrist.

The 2021 U.S. Open champion wanted to avoid aggravating the problem prior to Sunday’s match against Sun, which the New Zealand qualifier won 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 on Centre Court.

The move sparked criticism as it shattered Murray’s hopes of one last appearance at the All England Club.

The two-time Wimbledon champion was unable to compete in the men’s singles as he was not fully recovered from surgery on a spinal cyst, while he lost in the first round of the men’s doubles competition alongside his brother Jamie.

Murray was said to be disappointed by Raducanu’s withdrawal, while his mother, Judy, described the move as “astonishing” on X, although she later claimed she was being sarcastic and understood the 21-year-old’s decision.

“Yesterday morning I just woke up with stiffness,” Raducanu said. “I have to prioritize myself, my singles and my body.

“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, prioritizing their body.

“I stand by the decision. Yeah, obviously it was a tough decision, though.”

Murray is now set to end his career at the Paris Olympics, which start later this month.

“People are entitled to their opinions,” she said. “Of course, there was a bit of a cloud around the decision.

“I think in this sport especially, as an individual, you have to make your own calls and prioritize yourself. Especially with my history, I just had to put myself first.

“Obviously disappointed because it’s his last match. But, yeah, what a champion. I think that hopefully he’ll play in the Olympics and have another farewell there.”

Responding to Murray’s mother, Raducanu added: “I haven’t seen her reaction, so I don’t know. Was she sarcastic? I’m sure she didn’t mean it.”

Ironically, Raducanu was troubled by other injuries during her loss to Sun, as back and ankle problems played a role in her exit.

Despite the frustrating end to her Wimbledon run, Raducanu has finally rediscovered her passion for the sport.

“Honestly, it just makes me more determined,” she said. “I think I really put myself first in the last few weeks. Tennis is the only thing that is really occupying my time, my mind. It’s all I want to do really.

“I think that desire and fire is back. I just want to keep building on that.”

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