Emma Raducanu explains Wimbledon retirement saying she ‘felt dizzy’ after ‘whole experience caught up with me’

EMMA RADUCANU says she was forced to retire from Wimbledon on medical grounds after breathing heavily and feeling dizzy on court.

The 18-year-old was unable to continue her fourth-round clash against Australian Alja Tomljanovic at 6-4 3-0 down after falling ill.

Emma Raducanu says she withdrew from Wimbledon on medical grounds

Raducanu appeared on the BBC in an England shirt after releasing her statement, saying she feels a lot better now

Raducanu appeared on the BBC in an England shirt after releasing her statement, saying she feels a lot better nowCredit: BBC

Raducanu sought medical treatment inside the bowels of No.1 Court but decided it was best to withdraw without competing the rest of the match.

The Bromley A Level student banked £181,000 in prize money for reaching the third round on her debut – it was £300,000 for making the quarter-finals – and has won millions of new fans across the country.

The Kent wildcard decided to break her silence on social media today and said thank you to all those who had supported her through this extraordinary and unexpected journey.

Raducanu said: “Hi guys, I wanted to let everyone know that I am feeling much better this morning.

“First up, I want to congratulate Ajla on an incredible performance and I’m sorry our match ended the way it did.

“I was playing the best tennis of my life in front of an amazing crowd this week and I think the whole experience caught up with me.

“At the end of the first set, after some super intense rallies, I started to breathe heavily and felt dizzy.

“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 want to thank the people who have cheered me on every single match.

Raducanu retired after having breathing difficulty during her Wimbledon clash with Ajla Tomljanovic

Raducanu retired after having breathing difficulty during her Wimbledon clash with Ajla Tomljanovic

Emma Raducanu’s full statement

“HI guys, I wanted to let everyone know that I am feeling much better this morning.

“First up, I want to congratulate Ajla on an incredible performance and I’m sorry our match ended the way it did.

“I was playing the best tennis of my life in front of an amazing crowd this week and I think the whole experience caught up with me.

“At the end of the first set, after some super intense rallies, I started to breathe heavily and felt dizzy.

“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 want to thank the people who have cheered me on every single match.

“I wanted to win so badly for you. I also want to thank the All England Club, my team, the LTA, my parents and friends.

“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! Can’t wait to see what’s next on my journey.”

“I wanted to win so badly for you. I also want to thank the All England Club, my team, the LTA, my parents and friends.

“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! Can’t wait to see what’s next on my journey.”

The 18-year-old needed medical attention after struggling with breathing before retiring

The 18-year-old needed medical attention after struggling with breathing before retiring

Raducanu's mother Renee (right) was concerned to see her daughter leave the court

Raducanu’s mother Renee (right) was concerned to see her daughter leave the court

Radunacu appeared on the BBC shortly after releasing her statement.

Wearing an England shirt, she added: ‘I’m very disappointed I couldn’t finish the match. I really wanted to be able to compete and try my best. 

“I found it very difficult to regulate my breathing, it was emphasised by some long rallies which made it tough to keep my composure.”

Emma look dejected as she sought medical help

Emma look dejected as she sought medical help

A medic came to help Raducanu as she took a seat

A medic came to help Raducanu as she took a seat

Wimbledon were criticised for putting Raducanu’s match on third on No.1 Court after the Felix Auger-Aliassime versus Alex Zverev four-hour marathon.

It meant Raducanu, who has little tournament experience, had to wait around for hours in the locker room and was unable to play until at 8pm last night – when all the other seven quarter-finalists were back at the hotel.

Wimbledon defended their choice of scheduling, which was influenced by TV bosses.

After speaking with the medic Raducanu left the court and didn't return

After speaking with the medic Raducanu left the court and didn’t return

In the second set Raducanu was pausing between points to compose herself

In the second set Raducanu was pausing between points to compose herself

In a statement, they said: “We were very sad to see Emma forced to withdraw from her match last night and wish her all the best with her recovery.

“She should be commended for the poise and maturity she has shown throughout the Wimbledon Fortnight and we very much look forward to welcoming her back to Wimbledon next year and in the years to come. 

“In respect of scheduling, as always, the scheduling of the order of play each day at The Championships is a complex operation, and although we take great care when scheduling matches and allocating courts on a daily basis, it is not an exact science.

“All decisions are made with fairness and the best interests of the tournament, players, spectators and our worldwide broadcast audience at heart, but the unpredictable nature of the length of matches and the British weather can and will cause disruption to any schedule.”

Raducanu was unlucky to lose the first set in the final game

Raducanu was unlucky to lose the first set in the final game

Tomljanovic paid tribute to her teenage opponent

Tomljanovic paid tribute to her teenage opponent

Emma Raducanu forced out of Wimbledon after needing medical attention

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