England rugby union coach Eddie Jones is facing criticism for criticizing US Open champion Emma Radukanu as she suggested the “young girl” let “distractions” affect her performance.
Speaking of exciting young rugby star Marcus Smith, Jones said: “The big thing for good young players is distraction. That’s why this young girl who won the US Open didn’t do so well afterwards.
“What have you seen of her — on the front page of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar or whatever, wearing Christian Dior clothes.
“He’s a distraction all around him. It might not be with Marcus to that extent, but it could potentially happen.”
Former British tennis number 1 Joe Durie called Jones’ comments sexist. “Emma isn’t a girl; she’s an 18-year-old. No one ever complains about boys going to the gala; it’s always something that’s thrown at women,” Durie told the telegraph, “Unfortunately, when you’re so famous, everyone likes to have their own opinion of you.”
BBC sports presenter Gabby Logan said the comments were “incredibly inappropriate and not even remotely comparable”, adding: “She is 18 in her first six months of being a pro, she made it to the second week of Wimbledon And won the US Open, never played on tour.. Imagine an 18-year-old rugby player winning the World Cup who has never played a club game.”
British tennis commentator David Lodge said: “Comments by Eddy Jones about Emma Radukanu are baseless, irresponsible, sexist nonsense.
“Young woman who has barely played professional tennis wins the US Open, and she cites her professional performance as evidence for ‘not doing so well’ (2 won, 2 lost).”
Jones is the latest high-profile person to offer an opinion on Radukanu’s career since his resounding success in New York, with the 18-year-old’s decision not to continue with coach Andrew Richardson of an extraordinary amount in and out of tennis. indicated.
Criticism of Jones centered on Radukanu’s activities outside the court. Since her victory at Flushing Meadows, she has attended the Met Gala in New York and the premiere of the James Bond film No Time to Die in London, and has signed commercial deals with luxury brands Tiffany and Dior.
She has also played two tournaments – losing her first as Grand Slam champion at Indian Wells before winning her first two WTA Tour matches in Romania – and will take the top seed Upper Austria Ladies Linz in her final event of the season this week . ,
Radukanu has been praised for his professionalism and attitude since his junior days as he has combined tennis with full-time education and has repeatedly stated that his focus is now on the court despite the opportunities available to him.
Speaking before Jones’ comments were made public, she said: “I don’t read any of the news or keep in touch that much.
“I keep myself fairly short and I have a few people I really trust and I get their opinion. The people I’d ask for their advice I know personally well. I’m certain I talk to other people, some former champions.”