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Andy Murray lifts lid on how Emma Raducanu made him feel 'very jealous'
Speaking at this week's Erste Bank Open, Andy Murray explained the one thing he wished he could do like fellow British Grand Slam champion Emma Raducanu.Murray was long hailed as the only huge name in British tennis, until Raducanu achieved the seemingly impossible and became an overnight household name.
has been publicly backed after ' "unbelievably unfair" and sexist claim that she has lost focus since her US Open triumph. The England rugby union coach stated the Bromley teenager had suffered off-field "distractions" after becoming the first qualifier to ever win a major title.
Raducanu attended the Met Gala and the James Bond premiere before returning to the court last month. She has since won her first two matches on the regular WTA Tour - and lost two - and returned ill from her last tournament at the Transylvania Open.
Jones, 61, drew a parallel between Raducanu and his young fly-half Marcus Smith.
Emma Raducanu holds Transylvania Open regret she wants to rectify next year after exit
Emma Raducanu was knocked out of the Transylvania Open by Marta Kostyuk, and missed out on the chance to fulfil a childhood dream.Despite losing five consecutive games and the first set, Raducanu beat Polona Hercog in her first match in her father's homeland of Romania, and followed it up with a straight-sets victory over Ana Bogdan.
But TV presenter Gabby Logan, who is married to ex-Scotland winger Kenny Logan, tweeted: "Unbelievably unfair and not even remotely comparable.
"She is 18 in her first six months of being pro. She made the second week of Wimbledon and won the US Open having never played on the tour.
"Imagine an 18-year-old rugby player winning a World Cup having never played a club game."
The mother of three-time British Grand Slam champion Andy Murray, Judy Murray, then replied: "Beautifully put Gabby."
Raducanu became only the fifth British woman to reach the world's top 20 this week and will play her first event as top seed at the Upper Linz Austria Ladies on Tuesday.
Romanian tennis star Simona Halep has paid the ultimate compliment to Emma Raducanu
The Romanian international has backed the Brit to become 'one of the best in the world'The 18-year-old star went from a complete WTA newbie, to one of the most talked about women on the planet in a matter of months.
She faces world No 106 Xinya Wang of China in her first match in Austria where Simona Halep, Danielle Collins and Veronika Kudermetova are fellow top-four seeds, all of whom receive a bye into the second round.
And former British No 1 Jo Durie, who reached world No 5, said: "No-one ever complains about blokes going to galas; it's always something that is thrown at women.
"Emma isn't a girl; she is an 18-year-old woman. Unfortunately, when you're this famous, everybody likes to have their opinion about you."
Jones, 61, said after England's win over Tonga on Saturday: "The big thing for young players is distractions. Distractions can be the exposure they get in the media, the praise and criticism they get, groups of agents who see this guy as the next big thing.
How teenage Grand Slam champions have fared after Emma Raducanu's stunning rise
Emma Raducanu made tennis history with her US Open win in September - but she isn't the only woman to taste Grand Slam success while still a teenager.Her stunning victory in New York propelled her from her status as a promising youngster after her surprise run to the second week of Wimbledon on her major debut, to a bona fide superstar of the game.
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"There's a reason why the young girl who won the US Open hasn't done so well afterwards.
"What have you seen her on - the front page of Vogue and Harper's Bazaar or whatever it is, wearing Christian Dior clothes.
"He is grounded, but they all start off grounded. No-one starts with their feet off the ground or they don't get in the team, or they don't win a US Open.
"But there's this flood of distractions that comes in that makes you ungrounded."
10 tennis takeaways from 2021: From Emma Raducanu’s US Open success to Novak Djokovic becoming human .
Tennis takeaways featuring Emma Raducanu, Novak Djokovic, tantrums, tears and Andy Murray at SW19. © PA Images Emma Raducanu hugs the US Open trophy 1) Red (white and blue) alert! Great Britain has a major talent Emma Raducanu came from nowhere (if a ranking of 338 counts as nowhere). Such stealth undoubtedly helped. Her opponents at the US Open should have watched Wimbledon a little more closely. The way this teenager blasted through the defences of every obstacle at Flushing Meadows without ever looking likely to lose composure, or even a set, was breathtaking. That shouldn’t happen. But it did.