Judy Murray attempts to defuse Emma Raducanu row and points finger elsewhere

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Judy Murray has sought to clarify her position after seeming to criticise Emma Raducanu's withdrawal from the mixed doubles at Wimbledon.

The young tennis star, aged 21, pulled out of the event where she was set to team up with her 'idol' Andy Murray, citing stiffness in her surgically repaired right wrist. The move meant that Andy Murray, who is not competing in the men's singles and had already been knocked out of the doubles with his brother Jamie, will likely never compete at Wimbledon again.

He is anticipated to retire after the Olympics in Paris this summer, and many fans were eager to witness his final appearance at SW19.

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Despite withdrawing from the mixed doubles, Raducanu remains in the women's singles draw and is scheduled to play Lulu Sun in the last 16 on Sunday. Judy Murray's initial reaction to Raducanu's decision was to label it 'astonishing' on social media, which drew backlash from the tennis community.

In response to the criticism, Judy has now stated that her comment on X, previously known as Twitter, was intended as sarcasm, reports the Mirror.

"Not sure anyone understands sarcasm these days," she posted to over 300,000 followers on Sunday morning, after temporarily making her account private due to the intense scrutiny. "Pretty sure the scheduling (4th match court 1 with a singles following day) will have played a major part in any decision making."

Former US Open champion Raducanu was scheduled to be last on Court 1 around 6pm alongside Andy Murray for a doubles match against Marcelo Arevalo of El Salvador and China's Zhang Shuai. This was set after her round-of-16 fixture which starts at around 4pm on Sunday, leaving less than 24 hours' recovery time.

Raducanu issued a statement on Saturday afternoon, revealing: "Unfortunately I woke up with some stiffness in my right wrist this morning, so I have taken the very tough decision to withdraw from the mixed doubles. I' m disappointed as I was really looking forward to playing with Andy, but I've got to take care."

Andy's mother Judy has faced continued backlash from fans online, even choosing to block direct replies to her latest post. One follower responded: "We know it wasn't sarcasm @JudyMurray - Brits understand sarcasm,".

"It was perhaps an understandably disappointed mother making an ill-judged comment about a young player prioritising the start of her career over the end of a legends... Take it down and apologise."

Another fan added: "Just apologise. You've done so much for tennis especially women's tennis, don't beat a young woman down, I'm sure the decision to not play wasn't an easy one."

A third remarked on the delay between Judy's posts, stating: "If it was anything other than an attack on Raducanu, it wouldn't have taken 18 hours to clarify."