Eddie Jones has been criticised for his comments about Emma Raducanu.
England's rugby coach blamed the teen’s commercial commitments since winning the US Open for her early exit at Indian Wells and quarter-final loss at the Transylvania Open.
The teen shot to stardom throughout her epic run to the US Open title, as she won the coveted trophy after coming through the qualifying rounds without dropping a set.
Her win in New York brought about numerous opportunities off the court, such as sponsorship deals, interviews and red carpet appearances at the Met Gala and the James Bond premiere.
But according to Jones, 67, her endeavours off the court caused her to lose focus on it.
“The big thing for good young players is distractions, the distractions could be the exposure they get in the media, the praise they get, the criticism they get,” he commented.
“There’s a reason why the young girl who won the US Open hasn’t done so well afterwards.
“What have you seen her on – the front page of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar or whatever it is, wearing Christian Dior clothes, all that is a distraction around her.”
Jones' comments did not go down well with social media users, who labelled them as a “cheap shot” at Raducanu.
“The comments by Eddie Jones about Emma Raducanu are uninformed, irresponsible, sexist nonsense,” a tennis journalist tweeted.
Another wrote: “Hard to pick a place to start on how ridiculous, patronising Eddie Jones' comments on Emma Raducanu are.”
“What a ridiculous comment,” one fan penned, while another said: “Anyone else find Eddie Jones’ comments about Emma Raducanu pretty ignorant?”
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The comments come on the back of Raducanu breaking into the top 20 for the first time, and her Vogue photoshoot was shot before the US Open even began.
Ahead of her final tournament of 2021 in Linz, Austria, the teen reassured her close circle and fans that none of her commitments off the court will prevent her from staying focused on her tennis.
“I made it very, very clear to every single person in my team that I was not going to cancel one training session or practice session for any off-court commitments,” she said.
“That was a non-negotiable for me. I wanted to make sure that that is my priority and it is. So everyone’s clear about that. But it’s just managing my time with the commitments around that.
"Even if it’s not off-court events or whatever, I’m still doing my WTA rookie hours for example.”
The Briton received a warm welcome in Austria, receiving flowers on her arrival.
Raducanu is scheduled to play her first match on Tuesday, having received a bye into the second round, and she will face the winner of a clash between two qualifiers.
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