Nick Kyrgios came to the defense of Emma Raducanu calling out former players who have criticized her lately.
Raducanu’s latest struggles of 2022 saw her suffer a disappointing second-round exit to Katerina Sinaiakova at the Miami Open this week.
The British No.1 has won just twice in seven appearances this season with her winning form from last year’s US Open yet to emerge.
In the same week, the 19-year-old added Porsche to her growing list of sponsors, which has seen some take aim where her current focus is.
Four-time Grand Slam champion Kim Clijsters said: “We’ve seen others step back and say, ‘Oh, I’ve won a Slam now, I’ve done it.
“There are sponsors coming in and I’m treated like a princess everywhere I go.”
“Just because you’re the No. 1 player and you’ve won Grand Slams doesn’t mean you have to treat others differently.”
Former world No. 5 Daniela Hantuchova also gave her verdict, saying on Amazon Prime: “All the respect she had in the locker room after the US Open is disappearing, which is a shame.”
Kyrgios, however, defended Raducanu and took to social media to call out some ex-pros.
The Aussie tweeted on Sunday: “What about former retired players giving their opinion on our stars now?”
‘I like A-rod [Andy Roddick] and i agree that we all need to relax with the racquets and all that, but damn it, i read an article about a former player talking about Raducanu, no offense, but she is already much more well known.
After his early exit at the Miami Open, Raducanu described criticism of his off-court activities as “unfair”.
“Maybe you just saw on the news or on social media that I’m signing this or that deal and I feel like it’s pretty misleading because I’m working five, six hours a day (d training), I’m at the club for 12 hours a day,” she said.
“But I throw a pole in the car on the way to practice 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 become a little more desensitized to outside noise.”
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