Emma Raducanu narrative must not become ‘sour and negative,’ urges Andy Murray
Andy Murray has pleaded with the media to not allow the Emma Raducanu narrative become ‘sour and negative.’
Raducanu became an absolute darling of the British media when she won the US Open last year, becoming the first qualifier to ever win a major.
Her career has not kicked on this season, though, and some critical stories have started to appear surrounding her fitness and decision to work without a coaching after running through four in a year.
Some of her comments have raised eyebrows, especially when she bit back before Nottingham, telling reporters she ‘knew what she was doing’ with her coaching situation.
Andy Murray, though, has urged the media to not repeat the same mistakes he believed they made with him when he was in a similar position to Emma Raducanu.
“Just let her (Raducanu) be who she is,” Murray said.
“We will make mistakes and say the wrong thing at times but just maybe don’t judge us too harshly when we do that and I’m sure that would help Emma a little bit.
“Just let her be who she is, and you know, she might say some things that are a joke or that she maybe doesn’t mean or whatever.”
“I think there needs to be a level of trust and respect between the player and the media.
“I also had problems early in my career where maybe certain things that I said got taken out of context or jokes that I might have made turned into big stories and big headlines where it turned things a bit sour and negative.”
Both Andy Murray and Emma Raducanu suffered injuries in their Wimbledon lead-up events, but both are expected to be okay to play at SW19.
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