Emma Raducanu’s ‘radiant personality’ praised by Nick Kyrgios amid social media pressure
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Emma Raducanu’s ‘radiant personality’ praised by Nick Kyrgios amid social media pressure

Nick Kyrgios has praised Emma Raducanu’s “radiant personality” while discussing the pressures of being a tennis player in the age of social media. The Australian recalled a conversation he had with tennis legend John McEnroe, who noted that he “probably would have been in jail” if social media had existed during his playing years.
The 29-year-old Australian shared his thoughts with BBC presenter Clare Balding on Raducanu’s Wimbledon performance, which saw the Briton surprise many by reaching the fourth round, where she was involved in her second career win over top-10 player Maria Sakkari, before being eliminated by surprise qualifier Lulu Sun.

Balancing Fame in the Age of Social Media

Kyrgios is at the All England Club, this time in a new role as a TV pundit, teaming up with McEnroe to commentate on some of the biggest matches of the day. He has also been giving interviews and chatting to players from his new commentary position.

The 2022 Wimbledon runner-up discussed the impact of social media on players and the pressure it puts on athletes like himself and Raducanu, recalling a conversation with McEnroe to illustrate the point:

“I mean, I spoke to John McEnroe,” Kyrgios told BBC presenter Clare Balding. “I said, ‘Johnny Mac, how would you cope in this day and age when social media is always following you off the court?’ And he said he would probably go to jail. It kind of explains what we’re dealing with and we have to be ambassadors and good role models. It took me a long time to understand that,” Kyrgios added.

Emma Raducanu at Wimbledon 2024.

Emma Raducanu at Wimbledon 2024.

“We didn’t really sign up for this, but there are a lot of people around the world who look up to me and Emma Raducanu. She’s always smiling on the court and has this bright personality,” the former world No. 13 player said. “I think winning a Grand Slam so early in her career accelerated everything else, so I think it’s going to be good in the future,” Kyrgios added of Raducanu.

“It can be (exhausting). I know when I go out on the court it’s not always about my tennis, people just want to remember something and go home with something that’s incredibly rare, whether it’s good or bad. And I think that’s pretty cool, but she obviously found that balance a little bit quicker than I did.”