Making her main debut, Raducanu retired from her last-16 Wimbledon match because of respiratory difficulties, whereas McEnroe, commentating on the match for the BBC, stated the event appeared to get “a bit bit an excessive amount of” for her.
Whereas McEnroe got here beneath fireplace for the feedback, the three-time Wimbledon champion stated they’d been blown out of proportion.
“I meant precisely what I stated,” McEnroe instructed CNN host Christiane Amanpour in an interview.
“I attempted to narrate it in a small technique to my expertise once I first went to Wimbledon additionally at 18.
“There’s a number of nice upsides, however there’s additionally stress you placed on your self and expectations that others placed on you. I imply that was to me as vanilla because it comes … I used to be very supportive of her, I believed, on the time.
“You already know the papers over in England. Typically they, like, make an enormous deal out of, to me, nothing.”
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Raducanu, 18, surprised the sports activities world final weekend when she beat fellow teenager Leylah Fernandez to change into the primary qualifier to win a significant title.
McEnroe stated he had questioned how she would deal with her new-found fame after her Wimbledon run.
“I do not suppose you would probably do it any higher than she did it (on the US Open),” McEnroe added. “That is insane that she’s been ready to do that.”
McEnroe additionally stated he hopes to see Naomi Osaka return to motion quickly after the Japanese took a break from tennis.
“Osaka was somebody who was very shy and introverted the primary time I met her. I feel she continues to be that manner now,” he stated of the four-time main winner.
“She got here out final yr, made an enormous assertion on the US Open carrying the masks. It was an excellent factor.
“Now, hastily, extra consideration is on her. I hope to God she will be able to deal with it as a result of we want her round for an additional 10 years.”