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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