John McEnroe laid into BBC reporter for asking ‘dumb questions’ at Wimbledon

John McEnroe walks in front of camera in hilarious BBC blunder

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John McEnroe’s outspoken nature once again caused a stir after he criticised 18 year old Emma Raducanu yesterday. The young Briton retired from her Wimbledon round of 16 match on medical grounds, leading McEnroe to conclude that Raducanu found the occasion “a little too much”. The former world number one said: “I feel bad for Emma, obviously. It appears it just got a little bit too much, as is understandable, particularly with what we’ve been talking about this over the last six weeks with Osaka not even here.

“How much can players handle? It makes you look at the guys that have been around and the girls for so long – how well they can handle it. Hopefully she’ll learn from this experience.”

His comments have been condemned by many, including Dr Alex George, an A&E doctor, who tweeted: “I didn’t realise John McEnroe was medically qualified or that he has X-ray vision!”

This isn’t the first time McEnroe’s unfiltered nature has sparked controversy.

In 2017, the tennis great hit out at a BBC reporter for asking “dumb questions”.

He criticised reporter Rishi Persad after watching his interview during his appearance on the BBC2’s Today at Wimbledon at the time.

Persad has asked Rafael Nadal if the 2017 Wimbledon tournament would be his last.

McEnroe then said: “Why did he ask him if he was coming back right after you lost a match like that?

“These interviewers and press people. I mean come on and I am the one that’s always with the foot in my mouth?

“How does it come back to me? With these dumb questions.”

On the eve of Wimbledon 2017, McEnroe had already sparked heated debate after claiming Serena Williams would “struggle to make the top 700” on the men’s circuit.

He also said she is the greatest female player ever, but his comments still angered many.

Williams herself then waded into the discussion, telling McEnroe his comments were not “factually based”.

She said: “Dear John, I adore and respect you but please please keep me out of your statements that are not factually based.

“I’ve never played anyone ranked ‘there’ nor do I have time. Respect me and my privacy as I’m trying to have a baby. Good day sir.”

Later, amid claims that McEnroe’s comments were sexist, he refused to apologise to his fellow American.

He also angered one of the men’s greats – Novak Djokovic – by suggesting the Serbian player has “off-court issues with the family”.

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McEnroe added: “The person that comes to mind immediately with Novak is not a tennis player, it’s actually a golfer: Tiger Woods.

“Woods had the issues with his wife and then he seemed to go completely off the rails and has never been even close to being the same player. So we’re starting to say: ‘Wait a minute, is this possible with him, Djokovic?”‘

Djokovic had admitted he was dealing with personal issues before the tournament, but was shocked by McEnroe’s comparison with Woods.

He said: “He has his right to say the things he wants to say. I don’t necessarily need to agree with that. But it’s his right.

“So I don’t know where was the basis, and he was just maybe making a comparison. I’m not really sure.

“When I was warming up for my first match on the Centre Court, he was giving an intro, talking to the camera, and I served and the serve went straight at him as I was playing.

“I don’t know. Maybe it’s because of that. Maybe he thought it wasn’t a joke and I was joking, I was trying to hit him.

“I don’t know. I take it very lightly. I don’t think there was any kind of really wrong intention from his side towards me.”

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