Emma Raducanu hits back at 'disgusting' Eddie Jones comments

·Sports Reporter
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England coach Eddie Jones (pictured left) holding a ball before the game and (pictured right) Emma Raducanu holding the US Open trophy.
England coach Eddie Jones (pictured left) has come under fire for comments made about tennis superstar Emma Raducanu (pictured right). (Getty Images)

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.

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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.

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."

Jones' comments come ahead of the clash with the Wallabies on the weekend.

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