Emma Raducanu responds to Marcus Rashford and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
Britain’s Emma Raducanu has now taken the time to respond to some of the support she received during Wimbledon, particularly after her health scare on last night at SW19 when she withdrew from her fourth-round clash with Ajla Tomljanovic. The Toronto-born star was suffering from breathing difficulties during the clash and was forced to retire while trailing 4-6 0-3.
The 18-year-old released a statement earlier today confirming she is now feeling better following the incident as she reflects on her unforgettable Wimbledon debut.
Manchester United and England forward Marcus Rashford MBE took the chance to reach out to the teen and offer his support.
He tweeted Raducanu: “It happened to me playing for the national team in U16s against Wales. I remember it to this day. No explanation for it and it never happened again. You should be very proud of yourself.
“The country is proud of you. Glad to read your feeling better. Onwards and upwards.”
Raducanu has since replied: “Thanks so much for the kind words, this message means a lot to me. I’ll keep building and be back stronger!”
Last Friday, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge tweeted their Wimbledon prediction and they backed Raducanu to pull off something special alongside Andy Murray.
They said: “Unbiased prediction to win it: @andy_murray and @EmmaRaducanu.”
Raducanu has tonight replied: “Ah not quite this time but thank you so much for the encouragement!”
She also sent messages back to the likes of Liam Gallagher and Gary Lineker, thanking them for their support.
Addressing Wimbledon fans in her statement, Raducanu provided clarity on the reasons behind her withdrawal and thanked the British public for their support.
“Hi guys, I wanted to let everyone know that I’m feeling much better this morning. First up I want to congratulate Ajla on an incredible performance and I’m sorry our match ended the way it did,” the statement on social media read.
“I was playing the best tennis of my life in front of an amazing crowd this week and I think the whole experience caught up with me. At the end of the first set, after some super intense rallies, I started to breathe heavily and felt dizzy.
“The medical team advised me not to continue and, although it felt like the hardest thing in the world not to be able to finish my Wimbledon on the court, I was not well enough to carry on.
“I want to thank the people who have cheered me on every single match, I wanted to win so badly for you! I also want to thank the All England Club, my team, the LTA, my parents and friends.
“Last night will go a long way to helping me learn what it takes to perform at the top. I will cherish everything we have achieved together this week and come back stronger! Can’t wait to see what’s next on my journey.”
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