Marcus Rashford has posted a message of support to teenage tennis star Emma Raducanu following her devastating exit from Wimbledon 2021.
18-year-old Raducanu had been revelling in a dream debut at the world’s oldest tennis tournament this month – being touted as Great Britain’s next star for an astonishing performance that took her to the last 16.
Raducanu had beaten two top-50 opponents to set up a fourth round tie with Ajla Tomljanovic on Monday (July 5), but during the game she became visibly unwell – holding her stomach and showing signs of breathlessness.
A trainer was called on and Raducanu exited the court to receive treatment, but did not return and was forced to retire.
Raducanu later confirmed that medics had advised her not to continue playing.
Posting online, the rising star said she was “sorry” for the way the game ended and that after playing the best tennis of her life, “the whole experience caught up with her”.
Now, Rashford – who knows a thing or two about being thrust into intense spotlight at such a young age – has offered some words of assurance, saying the same thing has happened to him.
Posting a screenshot of Raducanu’s explanation for her exit, Rashford said: “It happened to me playing for the national team in U16s against Wales.”
“I remember it to this day. No explanation for it and it never happened again.”
The footballer then told Raducanu: “You should be very proud of yourself. The country is proud of you. Glad to read your feeling better.
“Onwards and upwards.”
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