Emma Raducanu has been the most hyped player in women’s tennis in recent months. She stunned the world at Flushing Meadows by becoming the first qualifier in tennis history to win a Grand Slam. Since then it has steadily climbed the rankings but still hasn’t delivered as promised.
She consistently leaves the early rounds, but her popularity seems to be increasing with each passing day. She is also one of the most marketable female athletes and is constantly signing new brand deals. For this reason, she is also exposed to a lot of criticism and is often described as unfocused.
Australian showman Nick Kyrgios has come to Raducanu’s defense and has challenged retired tennis players who criticize Raducanu. He said he loves Andy Roddick and agrees with his idea of players throwing racquets, but added that he read an article about a former tennis player who criticized Raducanu.
“What about former retired players now giving their opinions on our stars? I love A Rod [Andy Roddick] and I agree that we all need to chill with that Racquets and all that, but geez, I read an article about a former player who talked about Raducanu, no offense but she’s a way bigger name already. Kyrgios wrote.
Many assume that the tennis player Kyrgios is talking about is Kim Clijsters. The former world No. 1 cheekily attacked Raducanu recently for not performing after winning the US Open.
Nick Kyrgios on a song in Miami
Nick Kyrgios has looked fantastic on the pitch so far this season. The Australian seems very focused and, for a change, very consistent. After a good performance in Indian Wells, he also made it to the round of 16 at the Miami Open. He is yet to drop a set and has fought his way past the likes of Adrian Mannarino and fifth seed Andrey Rublev in the early rounds before beating Italian veteran Fabio Fognini in straight sets 6-2 6-4 in the third round.
He will now meet either Pablo Carreno Busta or Jannik Sinner in the round of 16 on Monday. It should be noted that Kyrgios also had to face Sinner in Indian Wells but the Italian pulled out of the game due to injury and gave the Aussie a walkover. The Australian Open men’s doubles champion faces an easy draw if he beats Sinner in the fourth round and could realistically make it to the semifinals.
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