Jeremy Clarkson forced to backtrack after labelling Emma Raducanu ‘snowflake teenager’

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Jeremy Clarkson has changed his opinion on US Open champion Emma Raducanu after previously branding the British tennis star “another snowflake teenager” following her Wimbledon exit. The 61-year-old TV star went on to admit that he couldn’t have been more wrong.

 

Emma famously quit the prestigious tennis tournament after experiencing breathing difficulties and feeling dizzy.

At the time, she said: “I was playing the best tennis of my life in front of an amazing crowd this week, and I think the whole experience has caught up with me.”

Following her early departure, commentator John McEnroe claimed that the 18-year-old couldn’t handle the pressure of Wimbledon.

The Grand Tour star has since said that he agreed with the American tennis star’s comments, that was until he saw her impressive comeback.

Just three months later, Emma beat Canadian tennis player Leylah Fernandez in the final of the US Open.

She made history as the first British female grand slam champion in 44 years.

“When Emma Raducanu abandoned the match she was losing at Wimbledon this year, I sided with John McEnroe and told anyone who’d listen that she was obviously just another snowflake teenager who was so used to getting her way she couldn’t cope when things started to go wrong,” he wrote in his column for The Sun.

“Ha. Not since Neville Chamberlain waved his piece of paper around has anyone been so wrong. Because after Emma’s remarkable US Open triumph in New York there can be no doubt that she’s got a spine made from titanium and nerves of steel,” Jeremy added.

He and John were not the only people to criticise Emma this summer.

Piers Morgan, who had been very vocal about sports stars quitting big contests, also weighed in on the conversation.

“McEnroe told the truth,” he tweeted on July 6.

“Ms Raducuna’s a talented player but couldn’t handle the pressure & quit when she was losing badly.

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“Not ‘brave’, just a shame. If I were her, I’d tell my fans to stop abusing McEnroe, & seek his advice on how to toughen up & become a champion like he was,” he continued.

However, the former Good Morning Britain presenter was quick to congratulate the star after her win, even going so far as to say that he had a part in it.

“She took my advice and won,” he later wrote online.

The 56-year-old went on to say that she was a “brilliant illustration of mental strength & resilience”.

Earlier this month, Jeremy, who lives on a farm in the Cotswolds, took to social media to support Back British Farming Day.

The Clarkson’s Farm star shared a post on Instagram which declared: “I’m proud to produce your food.”

Viewers of his Amazon farming show will have seen first hand the difficulties that face farmers today.

Following the success of the first series, Jeremy and his co-star Kaleb Cooper are back at work on Diddly Squat Farm filming scenes for a much-anticipated second season.

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