Emma Raducanu BLASTED for pulling out of doubles - 'British public were denied an Andy Murray farewell!'

Emma Raducanu BLASTED for pulling out of doubles - 'British public were denied an Andy Murray farewell!'

Emma Raducanu blasted for pulling out of doubles

GB News
Gabrielle Wilde

By Gabrielle Wilde


Published: 08/07/2024

- 19:08

Updated: 09/07/2024

- 07:53

Emma Raducanu pulled out of the doubles tournament with Andy Murray bringing his career to an abrupt end

Emma Raducanu has received a furious backlash after she pulled out of a doubles tournament with tennis legend Andy Murray.

Andy Murray teamed up with Raducanu in a late entry to the mixed doubles and their match was scheduled last on Court One on Saturday.


The doubles match was to be Murray's last ever performance and Emma's withdrawal brought his career to an abrupt end.

Speaking about the withdrawal, sports commentator Ben Jacobs said: "Players have to take precautions if they're carrying an injury, but it was also the scheduling and the load of ultimately playing singles and mixed doubles.

Emma RaducanuEmma Raducanu pulled out of playing with Murray GETTY

"I think Murray would have probably made the same decision if he was building up to a singles match with a chance to reach the quarterfinals versus mixed doubles, and you're worried about your own physique and stamina, then you have to pick one or the other.

"So I do sympathize with Raducanu but I can understand why the British public may be disappointed because they've been denied an Andy Murray farewell."

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The 21-year-old pulled out due to her wrist injury. She underwent surgery on both her wrists a little over 12 months ago and it kept her out of action until the start of 2024.

After withdrawing she said: "I’m disappointed as I was really looking forward to playing with Andy but I've got to take care."

Soon after the announcement, Murray's mother caused a stir on social media when she published a blunt response.

In a post describing Raducanu's decision, Judy replied: "Yes, astonishing."

Ben Jacobs

Ben Jacobs said that the "British public were denied a farewell" to the tennis legend

Jacobs said: "In reality, it's a good thing that we've had clarity from Judy Murray that she was being sarcastic, and maybe she realizes that she's added fire to the flames.

"That naturally means that people are talking about radical news when actually the reality is that Andy Murray, I would imagine, empathizes with Raducanu.

"And maybe you can end this story by saying so publicly and backing radicals.

"And it was rightly said she's fully entitled to focus on her game. Singles tend to come above mixed doubles.

Andy Murray

Andy Murray has played his last match

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"That partnership was very much a last-minute pairing. It was sentimental. It was there to put two Grand Slam champions at Wimbledon together for sentiment purposes, to give Murray the best possible farewell.

"But you can't script tennis and when you schedule it in the way it was, she probably did have to pick one or the other."

Raducanu was asked about the remarks from Judy Murray following her defeat to Sun on Sunday. When questioned whether she was 'surprised by Judy Murray's reaction on Twitter', Raducanu said: "I haven't seen her reaction, so I don't know."

The reporter then added: "She was being sarcastic on social media from a very emotional perspective when you had to pull out of the mixed doubles."

The exchange ended with Raducanu attempting to brush off the ordeal, adding: "I'm sure she didn't mean it."

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