Emma Raducanu recently expressed her indifference to critics in an interview with BBC. Her comments, however, have not gone down well with many in the tennis community.
Raducanu has been out of action since April, after undergoing surgeries on both her hands and her ankle. The Brit is currently ranked 214th in the world.
Raducanu spoke to BBC about a wide array of topics on Wednesday (September 20). When asked how she deals with criticism, the 20-year-old said she takes them as a compliment.
"The fact they are still talking about me even though I'm not at these events is just a compliment. Someone told me, 'Worry when they are not talking about you,'" she said.
The tennis community on X (formerly Twitter) did not take kindly to the Brit's apparently sarcastic dig at them. One fan even went as far as to draw a comparison between her and Anna Kournikova, who was more popular for her off-court endorsements than her on-court performances.
"Anna Kournikova 2.0, at least she won a GS tournament," they wrote, followed by an emoji.
Another fan criticized not only Emma Raducanu but the entire young generation of tennis players for taking excessive pride in themselves.
"This young generation think they are all that after they win a slam," the fan wrote.
Here are a few more reactions from tennis fans:
Emma Raducanu has failed to live up to the high expectations after US Open 2021 breakthrough
Emma Raducanu was the talk of the town when she won the US Open against all odds in 2021, becoming the youngest Major winner since Maria Sharapova in 2004. With her triumph, she also became the only qualifer to go all the way at a Grand Slam tournament.
Raducanu, however, failed to back up her breakthrough season in 2022, losing 19 of her 36 tour-level matches during the year. The 20-year-old also had a disappointing end to her US Open title defense, as she crashed out in the first round to French veteran Alize Cornet.
Emma Raducanu recorded relatively better results after her early exit in New York. She reached her first semifinal since her New York triumph at the 250-level event in Seoul in 2022. She also made it to the fourth round of the WTA 1000 tournament in Indian Wells this year, where she lost to World No. 1 Iga Swiatek.
Notably, the Brit was dealing with wrist and ankle injuries during this time. Raducanu cut short her 2023 season early and underwent three surgical procedures that have kept her out of the tour since.
In August, Raducanu was spotted practicing her strokes on the court. She has been hard at work at the gym lately, and revealed in her BBC interview that she intends to be back in action next year.