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Tennis superstar Emma Raducanu has hit back at England coach Eddie Jones after he caused outrage after comparing rising playmaker Marcus Smith to the tennis superstar following her US Open.
Jones was all praise for Smith after his performance following England's emphatic 69-3 demolition of Tonga.
The young playmaker has enjoyed a breakout season, which also included playing a part in the Harlequins' Premiership victory.
After the game Jones warned Smith of the off-field distractions that will come with celebrity status.
And he appeared to miss the mark when he compared Smith's potential rise to that of British sensation Raducanu.
“There’s a reason why the young girl who won the US Open hasn’t done so well afterwards,” the Australian said.
“What have you seen her on – the front page of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar or whatever, wearing Christian Dior clothes.”
Raducanu became a household name in the UK after her dream Wimbledon run earlier this year.
The teenager suffered from pressure in her centre court match, in which she lost in the quarter-final.
However, the 18-year-old bounced back and won the US Open, becoming the first qualifier in tennis history to win a major.
Since then she has gone 2-2 and is seeking a new coach.
Regardless, she has climbed up the rankings and is ready to take the Australian Open by storm.
Following Jones' comments, Raducanu replied to the claim she may have been distracted because of her newfound fame.
“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,” Raducanu said in Linz, in response to Jones' comments.
"That was a non-negotiable for me. I wanted to make sure that that is my priority, and it is. So everyone is 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.”
Eddie Jones attracts severe backlash over Raducanu remark
Jones' comments drew widespread condemnation.
Former World No.5 Jo Durie let rip at Jones for his 'sexist' remark and said no male athlete is ever criticised for going to a gala or an event, only women.
She also said it was patronising not even calling Raducanu by her name.
“Emma isn’t a girl; she is an 18-year-old woman. Unfortunately, when you’re this famous, everybody likes to have their opinion about you,” Durie told The Telegraph.
Others also labelled the comment 'sexist' and were equally taken aback that Jones didn't reference Raducanu by her name.
The comments by Eddie Jones about Emma Raducanu are uninformed, irresponsible, sexist nonsense.
Young woman who has barely played professional tennis wins US Open, and he cites her commercial appearances as evidence for her ‘not doing so well’ (won 2, lost 2) since.
— David Law (@DavidLawTennis) November 8, 2021
This is madness, Eddie Jones didn’t even seem to know Emma Raducanu’s name while he was slandering her https://t.co/P2iisq2GGg
— Jessica Hayden (@_JessHayden) November 7, 2021
Looks like it is time for Eddie Jones to go from the @EnglandRugby setup after those disgusting mysoginistic comments about Emma Raducanu!! There is no space in the world of rugby for a dinosaur like him, immediate sacking required or the @EnglandRugby committee all resign now!!
— Tannoyman (@tannoyman) November 8, 2021
Eddie Jones calling Emma Raducanu 'the young girl who won the US Open' makes his comments all the more patronising and infuriating.
Fyi, today Raducanu made her debut in the top 20 world rankings - marking a continued *upward* trajectory since her US Open win...
— Molly McElwee (@molly_mcelwee) November 8, 2021
Just in case the man who is head coach of England men's rugby team needed some help with recalling the name of "the young girl who won the US Open", she does actually has a name. She is called Emma Raducanu.
Thank me later Eddie Jones. https://t.co/vHTY5JMWMD
— Bobby Seagull (UK Libraries Champion @CILIPinfo) (@Bobby_Seagull) November 8, 2021
Extremely harsh from Eddie Jones here.
Firstly, she’s called Emma Raducanu. And secondly, Marcus Smith hasn’t just won a major title.
28 minutes of exciting Rugby in an Autumn series isn’t the same league as winning a grand slam. She’s entitled to enjoy it! https://t.co/DUqgQK3AKL
— Chris Brown (@ChrisBrownSport) November 7, 2021
In this chapter of “Eddie Jones’s: How to win friends” we look at the merits of slandering a teenage girl who *literally* everyone in the country obsessively adored a few months ago. https://t.co/SH84UBDOVp
— A-P Cronje (@rugby_ap) November 8, 2021
'There’s a reason why the young girl who won the US Open hasn’t done so well afterwards'
Eddie Jones is way off the mark with this statement. What Emma Raducanu did was unprecedented & she's lost just 2 matches since then. Put some respect on her name! https://t.co/Dk06EQDTM5
— Uche Amako (@UcheAmako) November 8, 2021
Jones did find some backing in former forward James Haskell.
The former player responded to David Law and said he thought the comment wasn't 'sexist', but said it was the 'perfect and most relevant example' of what Jones was talking about.
"Honestly how you think this is sexist is beyond me," he wrote.
"It’s a point about distraction and the pitfalls of fame, that can happen to anyone. I can see you desperately want to insight the cancel mob, but you are going to need to do better than that."
Honestly how you think this is sexist is beyond me. It’s a point about distraction and the pitfalls of fame, that can happen to anyone. I can see you desperately want to insight the cancel mob, but you are going to need to do better than that.
— James Haskell (@jameshaskell) November 8, 2021
Jones' comments come ahead of the clash with the Wallabies on the weekend.
Scotland ended Australia's six-match unbeaten streak after a devastating 15-13 loss to Scotland, in which the sin-bin of prop Allan Alaalatoa played a massive role in Australia's downfall at Murrayfield.
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