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Emma Raducanu rejects Eddie Jones’ claims that his off-court exploits cause a drop in form

‘Zoned in’ Emma Raducanu rejects claims by England’s head of rugby union Eddie Jones that her appearances in Vogue and the Met Gala have contributed to her struggles on the pitch since the impressive US Open triumph.

  • Eddie Jones questioned Emma Raducanu’s decisions after her US Open win
  • Raducanu has been in Vogue and made other high-profile appearances
  • Jones said her ‘distractions’ have made her fight for her form after the US Open.


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Emma Raducanu has rejected claims by England’s rugby chief Eddie Jones that her off-field adventures have impacted her on-pitch performances since winning the US Open.

Raducanu, 18, rose to fame throughout the tennis world and beyond with his impressive victory at the US Open earlier this year in September.

But since then, she has lost matches at Indian Wells, the Transylvania Open and the Upper Austria Ladies Linsz to opponents who are below her in the world rankings.

Emma Raducanu (pictured above at the Met Gala) has rejected Eddie Jones' claims that his off-court decisions have hampered his form after his impressive victory at the US Open.

Emma Raducanu (pictured above at the Met Gala) has rejected Eddie Jones’ claims that his off-court decisions have hampered his form after his impressive victory at the US Open.

Jones said 'distractions' are behind Raducanu not doing so well since the US Open

Jones said 'distractions' are behind Raducanu not doing so well since the US Open

Jones said ‘distractions’ are behind Raducanu not doing so well since the US Open

Raducanu, 18, surprised the tennis world with his victory at the US Open in September

Raducanu, 18, surprised the tennis world with his victory at the US Open in September

Raducanu, 18, surprised the tennis world with his victory at the US Open in September

England manager Jones said of Raducanu: “The most important thing for good young players is the distractions, the distractions could be the exposure they get in the media, the praise they get, the criticism they get.

“There may be groups of agents who see this guy as the next big thing. There’s a reason the young woman who won the US Open hasn’t done so well afterward.

What have you seen her in? On the cover of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar or whatever, in Christian Dior clothes. All of that is a distraction around you.

Since winning in New York, Raducanu, 18, has signed deals with jewelers at Dior and Tiffany & Co, as well as appearing in the Sports Direct 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.

‘I think a lot of people are going to have opinions about me and what I’m doing,’ Raducanu said, according to 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. ‘

In recent weeks, Raducanu has lost matches to opponents ranked below her.

In recent weeks, Raducanu has lost matches to opponents ranked below her.

In recent weeks, Raducanu has lost matches to opponents ranked below her.

Raducanu lost to China's Wang Xinyu in the Upper Austrian Ladies tournament

Raducanu lost to China's Wang Xinyu in the Upper Austrian Ladies tournament

Raducanu lost to China’s Wang Xinyu in the Upper Austrian Ladies tournament

Fans also criticized Jones’ comments, writing: ‘What a ridiculous comment.’

Another added: ‘What a low shot, from a cheap coach. You should be embarrassed, but you won’t be.

‘Emma Raducanu, a schoolgirl going from 343 in the world rankings to 21, reached the quarterfinals of her last competition while only playing a few tournaments on the tour.

She even won her first GS (Grand Slam) before even winning on the WTA circuit.

“Nasty comments about a successful teenager,” said another irate fan.

Raducanu parted ways with his coach, Andrew Richardson, after his victory at the US Open.

He has since confirmed the appointment of Hamburg-based Torben Beltz, 44, who has spent much of his career guiding the most accomplished German player in recent years.

Social media were quick to denounce Jones's comments as 'nonsense' and a 'low shot'

Social media were quick to denounce Jones's comments as 'nonsense' and a 'low shot'

Social media were quick to denounce Jones’s comments as ‘nonsense’ and a ‘low shot’

Raducanu (second from left) parted ways with former coach Andrew Richardson (second from right) this year

Raducanu (second from left) parted ways with former coach Andrew Richardson (second from right) this year

Raducanu (second from left) parted ways with former coach Andrew Richardson (second from right) this year

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