Raducanu responds to Rashford's classy message
Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has reached out to British tennis sensation Emma Raducanu, with a message of support for the 18-year-old starlet.
Raducanu only made her Women's Tennis Association Tour debut in June and rose to prominence over the last fortnight, by beating two top-50 players on her way to the last 16 at Wimbledon.
The teenager faced Ajla Tomljanovic in a prime-time slot on Monday evening and was trailing when she became unwell, leaving the court before it was announced she would not be returning.
In a statement that was released via her official Twitter account today, amid a whirlwind of media chatter and surprising scrutiny, Raducanu admitted the whole experience of her Wimbledon heroics had "caught up with her" but she was thankfully feeling better, as you can read below.
thank you for the support❤️ pic.twitter.com/C47TTvOQK9— Emma Raducanu (@EmmaRaducanu) July 6, 2021
The story of Emma’s exit from the tournament is clearly something that resonates with our homegrown hero, who felt compelled to reach out with an admission of his own.
“It happened to me playing for the national team in U16s against Wales,” writes Rashford in a message that he tweeted late on Tuesday afternoon.
“I remember it to this day. No explanation for it and it never happened again. You should be very proud of yourself. The country is proud of you.
“Glad to read you’re feeling better. Onwards and upwards.”
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. You should be very proud of yourself. The country is proud of you. Glad to read your feeling better. Onwards and upwards 🎾🏴 https://t.co/sokkubBlLN— Marcus Rashford MBE (@MarcusRashford) July 6, 2021