“I wasn’t 100 per cent sure what was wrong with Emma. I’ll start with saying that I can’t imagine being in her shoes at 18, playing a fourth round in your home country,” Tomljanovic said.
“For him to say that, it’s definitely harsh. I have experienced something similar but not to that extent.
“I can’t imagine how she must be feeling having to pull out. Being down 6-4 3-0, you can come back from that quickly, especially on grass. It’s really sad that she had to do that.”
What’s next for Raducanu?
The teenager is expected to release a statement today about her medical withdrawal from the match.
This whole experience was the steepest of learning curves, and as a high-powered student who is expected to return As or even A*s in her maths and economics A-levels, she will be well-placed to digest and analyse what went wrong over the coming weeks.
The 18-year-old is ranked 338th and received a wild-card invitation from the All England Club so she could make her Grand Slam debut and participate in only her second tour-level event. It is expected she will now get more wild-card invitations for upcoming events.
A new world of megabucks brand endorsements also beckons for the down-to-earth Bromley teenager whose career earnings before EuroJournal stood at £28,762.
British tennis’s new golden girl’s “smile alone” has been valued by marketeers at £3 million.
Her long list of new business interests will be spearheaded by Max Eisenbud, one of sport’s most powerful super agents.