Original article from Kent Live
Emma Raducanu's school has sent a heartfelt message to the tennis star after her sudden Wimbledon exit.
The Orpington grammar school pupil, 18, was 0-3 down in the second set against Australian opponent Ajla Tomljanovi yesterday (July 5) when she was forced to withdraw from the match due to medical reasons.
The Wimbledon wildcard appeared to be hyperventilating before leaving the court and championship organisers later confirmed she had retired from the contest because of "difficulty breathing".
Wellwishers from Newstead Wood School have now shown their support for the rising star following her shock withdrawl.
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Theysaid: "We are so proud of Emma Raducanu today.
Others have already commented under the post with heartfelt messages of pride.
: "Be so proud @EmmaRaducan, because we're so proud of you.
"You have an amazing talent and have achieved so much already for your age! #WeareNewstead."
: "Brilliant brilliant performance. A true credit to herself and the school. Take care and take time for yourself and your family."
", adding: "I look forward to seeing you soon in action and picking one of the big trophies.
"[I'm] joining all your fans worldwide and the amazing @NewsteadWood gang in wishing you well."
Raducanu has been the one to watch for tennis fans after the teenager defeated Vitalia Diatchenko, Markéta Vondroušová and most recently Sorana Cîrstea, where she made her debut on No1 court on Saturday (July 3).
Ranked 338th in the 2021 Wimbledon Championships, she became the youngest British woman to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon.
Raducanu started playing tennis at the age of five at the Bromley Tennis Centre in Orpington.
Meanwhile, John McEnroe received a backlash for suggesting that Raducanu found her last 16 Wimbledon match "a bit too much".
McEnroe appeared to suggest that the occasion got the better of the British player, at a time when her reason for exiting early was still unknown.
"I feel bad for Emma," the three-time Wimbledon winner told BBC.
"It appears it got a bit too much which is understandable, particularly what we’ve been talking about this last six weeks with [Naomi] Osaka.
"How much can players handle? It makes you look at the guys who have been around, and the girls, how well they can handle it.
"People say: 'You were so bad on the court, you used to misbehave'. But yes, I was the norm. These guys who can keep their composure, and the girls out there are amazing.
"We have to appreciate the players who are able to do it so well and hopefully she will learn from her experience."
His comments were criticised by Raducanu's opponent Tomljanovic, who branded McEnroe's assessment as "harsh".
The Australian said: "I can’t imagine being in her shoes at 18 playing a fourth round in your home country.
“It’s something I can’t even imagine.
"For him to say that, it’s definitely harsh. I have experienced something similar but not to that extent.
"I know that it’s a real thing. I’ve spoken to athletes that have gone through that. It’s not easy.”
"I can't imagine how she must be feeling having to pull out. Being down 6-4, 3-0, you can come back from that quickly, especially on grass. It's really sad that she had to do that."