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Nick Kyrgios strikes out at former tennis players for criticizing Emma Raducanu

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Nick Kyrgios has defender Emma Raducanu from criticism (Photo: Getty)

Nick Kyrgios has jumped to the defense Emma Raducanu by shouting past players who have criticized her lately.

Raducanu’s most recent matches in 2022 made her suffer a disappointing second round exit to Katerina Sinaiakova at the Miami Open this week.

The No. 1 Briton has only won twice in seven matches this season with his US Open-winning form from last year, but has yet to show up.

In the same week, the 19-year-old Porsche added to her growing list of sponsors who have seen some take aim at where her focus is right now.

Quadruple Grand Slam champion Kim Clijsters said: “We’ve seen others who step back in a way and say, ‘Oh, I’m won a Slam now that I’ve made it.

“Sponsors are coming and I’m being treated like a princess no matter where I go.”

“Just because you’re the number one player and have won the Slams, does not mean you have to treat other people differently.”

Former World No. 5 Daniela Hantuchova also gave her verdict, saying on Amazon Prime: ‘All the respect in the locker room she had after the US Open is now disappearing in a way, which is a shame.’

However, Kyrgios has defended Raducanu and took to social media to yell at some ex-pros.

Aussie tweeted Sunday: ‘What happens to old retired players who give their opinion about our stars now?

‘I love A-bar [Andy Roddick] and I agree that we should all relax with rackets and all that, but hey, I read an article about a former female player talking about Raducanu, no insult, but she’s already a far far bigger name. ‘

Following her early exit at the Miami Open, Raducanu described criticism of her off-field activities as ‘unfair’.

“Maybe you can just see, in the news or on social media, that I’m signing this or that deal and I feel it’s pretty misleading because I train five, six hours a day (training) and I’m in the club for 12 hours a day, she said.

“But I’m throwing a pole out of the car on the way to training, and all of a sudden it’s I’m not focusing on tennis.”

‘I think it’s unfair, but it’s something I’ve learned to deal with and have become a little more insensitive to outside noise.’

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