Emma Raducanu swears on TV during Italian Open: 'Have I just sworn on camera?'

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Aden-Jay Wood

By Aden-Jay Wood

Published: 10/05/2022

- 21:09

Updated: 14/02/2023

- 11:09

The British tennis star got mixed up with the Italian language when asked a question during an interview

British tennis star Emma Raducanu was left red-faced after realising she had sworn live on TV during the Italian Open.

The now 19-year-old rose to fame after claiming victory at the US Open back in 2021, rising to world number 23 in the process.

But Raducanu was left speechless after getting mixed up with the Italian language during an interview.

File photo dated 28-11-2021 of Emma Raducanu who has split from coach Torben Beltz after less than six months. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2022.
Emma Raducanu
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File photo dated 11-09-2021 of Great Britain's Emma Raducanu holds the trophy as she celebrates winning the women's singles final. Emma Raducanu's US Open triumph provides a golden opportunity to grow tennis in Britain. Issue date: Monday March 7, 2022.
Raducanu rose to fame by winning the 2021 US Open

When asked if she had learnt any Italian words, Raducanu said “I did, like ‘che cazzo.'"

When she saw the reaction of nearby fans, the British number one smiled before asking: “Is that a bad word?”

She then asked the interviewer to explain what the word meant, but they refused to tell them on camera, saying they’ll explain later.

The phrase loosely translates as "what the f***" in English.

Raducanu then asked “have I just sworn on camera”, before planting her head in her hands.

The interviewer then jokingly said: “it can be useful, you never know”, before suggesting that “Buongiorno”, which means “good morning”, might have been a better phrase to choose.

Raducanu also didn’t have a great time of it on court after being forced to retire with a back injury in her Italian Open first round match with Bianca Andreescu earlier today.

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