Emma Raducanu unhappy at Wimbledon breathing difficulties

Wimbledon organisers bite back over Emma Raducanu scheduling criticism

Wimbledon organisers have defended their decision to schedule Emma Raducanu’s fourth round match last on Court One. 

The 18-year-old British wildcard was forced to withdraw when trailing Ajla Tomljanovic 6-4, 3-0 citing breathing issues. Due to Alexander Zverev and Felix Auger-Aliassime going five sets, the players didn’t walk out on court till around 8pm.

A Wimbledon read statement read: “We were very sad to see Emma forced to withdraw from her match last night and wish her all the best with her recovery. She should be commended for the praise and maturity she has shown throughout the Wimbledon Fortnight and we very much look forward to welcoming her back to Wimbledon next year and the years to come.”

“In respect of scheduling, as always, the scheduling of the order of play each day at The Championships is a complex operation, and although we take great care when scheduling matches and allocating courts on a daily basis, it is not an exact science. All decisions are made with fairness and the best interests of the tournament, players, spectators and our worldwide broadcast audience at heart, but the unpredictable nature of the length of matches and the British weather can and will cause disruption to any schedule.”

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