Really embarrassing! Kevin Clifton slams Piers Morgan as he wades into Emma Raducanu row
Kevin Clifton discusses Emma Raducanu's Grand Slam win
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Kevin Clifton has shared his thoughts on Emma Raducanu’s historic US Open win, and some controversial comments that were made about the star’s final match at Wimbledon. The former Strictly pro said it was “embarrassing” to witness remarks from a celebrity who he had decided not to name, who claimed to have helped the 18-year-old tennis ace win the tournament after criticising her earlier this year, which Piers Morgan has done repeatedly on Twitter following her victory.
Tennis fan Kevin said he had followed Emma’s progress in the final on his phone while attending a wedding.
He was impressed by the way Emma had come back to win the prestigious competition following an earlier set back.
Emma had to withdraw from the Wimbledon tennis tournament in July this year after experiencing breathing difficulties and feeling dizzy.
She later admitted: “I was playing the best tennis of my life in front of an amazing crowd this week, and I think the whole experience has caught up with me.”
“The medical team advised me not to continue, and although it felt like the hardest thing in the world, not to be able to finish my Wimbledon on the court, I was not well enough to carry on,” the teenager wrote in a social media statement.
“Last night will go a long way to helping me learn what it takes to perform at the top. I will cherish everything we have achieved together this week, and come back stronger,” she added.
Emma certainly did just that at the weekend.
Kevin said of the tennis star on the latest episode of his podcast, The Kevin Clifton Show: “At Wimbledon, she was amazing and she sort of came out of nowhere, and at Wimbledon she made the fourth round or fifth round and then she had a little bit of an episode where she was struggling to breathe and she had to withdraw.
“And I know some people were critical of her for that. You know, the usual suspects were trying to get clickbait and running their mouth trying to be relevant.
“We all know who I’m talking about, but we won’t give him any attention.”
“They were like, ‘They’ve got to be better than that if they want to win grand slams in the future. They’ve got to be mentally stronger’,” he continued, alluding to Piers Morgan’s comments.
“And then trying to claim that they helped her win the US Open, which is really embarrassing on their part and really cringey for me,” the professional dancer added.
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Following Emma’s historic win, she is the first British woman to have won a major tennis competition in 44-years, which prompted Piers to take to Twitter to congratulate her.
“From Wimbledon choker to US Open champion in 3 months…. never seen a more brilliant illustration of mental strength & resilience than @EmmaRaducanu’s win.
“That’s what elite sport is all about – facing up to loss/adversity & going again with no whining & steely determination,” the former Good Morning Britain presenter tweeted, in view of his eight million followers.
He later returned to the site to respond to a user who blasted him for “dragging down” young talent.
“I’ve been totally vindicated. She took my advice and won,” he stated.
During Wimbledon and the Olympic Games, Piers had been very vocal about sports stars who have quit competitions, citing mental health or other personal reasons.
In an earlier tweet, the 56-year-old said he agreed with former Wimbledon champion John McEnroe, who claimed that Emma couldn’t handle the pressure of Wimbledon.
“McEnroe told the truth”, he tweeted on July 6.
“Ms Raducuna’s a talented player but couldn’t handle the pressure & quit when she was losing badly.
“Not ‘brave’, just a shame. If I were her, I’d tell my fans to stop abusing McEnroe, & seek his advice on how to toughen up & become a champion like he was.”
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