Judy Murray and Emma Raducanu’s Wimbledon tension: “Yes, amazing”

Judy Murray and Emma Raducanu’s Wimbledon tension: “Yes, amazing”
Judy Murray and Emma Raducanu’s Wimbledon tension: “Yes, amazing”

Emma Raducanu’s announcement of her withdrawal from the mixed doubles tournament generated tension on Saturday between the tennis player and Andy Murray’s entourage.

Yes, amazing“, responded Judy Murray, his mother, ironically on Twitter to a post that expressed surprise at Raducanu’s decision to leave the Scot in what would have been his last match at Wimbledon.

The British player, who has to play the round of 16 of singles this Sunday against Lulu Sun, announced early on Saturday that he was withdrawing from mixed doublesresulting in Murray’s final match at the All England Club never being played.

The organization was not caught off guard by this decision. and that’s why he organized the farewell and tribute when Murray lost in the doubles with his brother on Thursday.

Andy Murray played his last match with his brother Jamie

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The video included a look back at the best moments of Murray’s career, with comments from Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal, Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic. The Serbian was also present on court alongside other legends such as Martina Navratilova and John McEnroe, to bid farewell to Murray, the first Briton since Fred Perry in 1936 to win at Wimbledon.

The organization of the third Grand Slam of the season did not want to risk a cancelled tribute in case Raducanu were to drop out, as she was still alive in singles (a measure taken by many tennis players) in mixed doubles. And the organisation was right.

Unfortunately I have woken up with some pain in my right wrist so I have made the difficult decision to retire. “I’m sad because I was really looking forward to playing with Andy, but I had to be careful,” said Raducanu, who days ago, when the decision to partner was announced, described this moment as “once in a lifetime.”

Emma Raducanu

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They asked me and it took me ten seconds to say yes. It’s an opportunity that comes along only once in a lifetime. There are things that are bigger than tennis.. Memories that only happen once and you will have for the rest of your life. Playing at Wimbledon with Andy Murray is one of those things that you can’t take for granted.”

“At the end of my life, at the end of my career, when I’m 70 years old, I know I will have the memory of playing at Wimbledon with Murray at a Grand Slam on home soil. It’s an honour that he asked me.”

The match was so important that even Roger Federer, according to tournament director Jamie Barker, intended to go to Court 1 to witness the farewell of one of his greatest rivals, after the Swiss was absent from the tribute due to a last-minute commitment.

When former tennis player and British television commentator Greg Rusedski said it was “more than understandable” that Raducanu would withdraw, Boris Becker responded as follows: “Why don’t you ask Andy or Judy how they feel?”

More evidence of the doubts that this last-minute withdrawal has generated, branding the British player as Murray’s executioner at Wimbledon.

 
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