Emma Raducanu ‘willing to decline Eddie Jones’ invitation to attend England’s rugby match this fall’ after the coach drew criticism for suggesting she was’ distracted ‘by lucrative off-court endorsement deals in the wake of her shocking triumph at the US Open
- Eddie Jones sparked anger this week with comments about Emma Raducanu
- He suggested his poor form was due to lucrative ‘distractions’ off the court.
- Jones invited Raducanu to an England match and has since written him a letter.
- It has been reported that Raducanu will decline the offer to go to Twickenham
Emma Raducanu is keen to decline RFU’s offer of tickets to an England game at Twickenham following comments from Eddie Jones about his off-court distractions.
The England rugby coach felt the ire of Raducanu supporters earlier this week after he suggested her poor form was due to ‘distractions’ off the pitch in the wake of her incredible triumph at the US Open a la age 18 years.
Raducanu rejected those claims, insisting that it was ‘zoned’, and Jones went on to write a letter to the young tennis star, admitting that he expected her to accept his invitation to Twickenham for a fall international match in the coming weeks.
Emma Raducanu is expected to turn down Eddie Jones’ offer of tickets for an England game
Jones said ‘distractions’ are behind Raducanu not doing so well since his US Open win.
Raducanu is not expected to be at Twickenham for Australia or South Africa matches
But The Guardian Report Raducanu is ready to skip the invitation and will not be in Saturday’s game against Australia or South Africa a week later.
The initial reaction against England coach Jones came after he said at a press conference earlier in the week: ‘There’s a reason the young woman who won the US Open hasn’t done so well afterwards.
What have you seen her in? On the cover of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar or whatever, in Christian Dior clothes.
When asked if the claim was sexist, Jones later said: ‘They weren’t made in that spirit at all. We have sent a private letter to Emma to make sure she understands why the comments were made. As far as I’m concerned, it’s the end of the matter.
Raducanu, 18, surprised the tennis world with his victory at the US Open in September
Meanwhile, Raducanu (pictured above at the Met Gala) rejected Jones’ claims that his off-court decisions have hampered his form after his impressive victory at the US Open.
Social media were quick to denounce Jones’s comments as ‘nonsense’ and a ‘low shot’
He added: ‘The point is that it is very difficult for young players in the UK. We have a very good group of young players in England and I want to make sure I look after them.
“A lot of good young players come in and get carried away by distractions. We don’t want them to be distracted and that was the sole purpose of that comment. ‘
Since winning in New York, the 18-year-old has signed deals with jewelers Dior and Tiffany & Co, as well as appearing in Sports Direct’s Christmas ad alongside Manchester City midfielder Jack Grealish. In the wake of her victory at the US Open, she made a high-profile appearance at the Met Gala.
He has played four competitive tennis matches since his Grand Slam victory, winning two and losing two.
Raducanu is one of the stars of Sports Direct’s holiday ad, alongside Jack Grealish.
In recent weeks, Raducanu has lost matches to opponents ranked below her.
Raducanu (second from left) parted ways with former coach Andrew Richardson (second from right) this year
Raducanu, meanwhile, insisted she is ‘zoned’ despite comments about her life outside of tennis.
“I think a lot of people are going to have opinions about me and what I’m doing,” Raducanu said, according to The Mirror.
‘I just know that I stay focused with a little circle around me. I have my parents, who would let me know 100% if they let me influence. I’m very divided into zones. ‘