Is Emma Raducanu dating biker Fabio Quartararo? British number one blasted for ‘Gen Z’ attitude

'If it's not about winning, why do they keep score and hand out medals for the fastest, highest and strongest?' Daily Mail columnist Mike Colman said


                            Is Emma Raducanu dating biker Fabio Quartararo? British number one blasted for ‘Gen Z’ attitude
Emma Raducanu and biker Fabio Quartararo have reportedly been interested in each other (Shaun Botterill/Getty Images and Instagram/ @fabioquartararo20)
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Emma Raducanu has lately been in the news quite often. The young tennis star is a US Open champion but recently lost to French player Caroline Garcia in the second round of Wimbledon, despite being in the top 4 in both singles and doubles. After her loss, when asked about her feelings, she said: "I didn't have many expectations of myself.”

The 19-year-old also reportedly added, “I think I've been asked this question in every press conference. I am 19 years old and yes I have had attention. But I am a slam champion. No one’s gonna take that away from me. Yeah, if anything the pressure is on those who haven't done that. There's no pressure. Why is there any pressure? I'm still 19. Like, it's a joke. I literally won a Slam.”

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But her response has been criticized by Daily Mail columnist Mike Colman, who said, “Well done, Emma Raducanu, you made it to the second round of Wimbledon before bombing out to the 55th best player in the world. So what if you are the reigning US Open champion, Britain's latest sporting sweetheart and carried the hopes of a Covid-battered nation on your slender 19-year-old shoulders? 

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Emma Raducanu of Great Britain talks to the media during a press conference after losing against Caroline Garcia of France during their Women's Singles Second Round match on day three of The Championships Wimbledon 2022 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 29, 2022 in London, England (AELTC/Joe Toth - Pool/Getty Images)

He continued: “So what if you bowed out with barely a whimper and walked off centre court smiling and waving in your $60,000 worth of Tiffany and Co-sponsored jewellery? It's all a joke, right? You said it yourself,” before adding: “You've already won the US Open, right? Or as you put it after your latest loss, 'Like, why is there any pressure? I'm still 19. It's a joke. I literally won a Slam.' Not that anyone really should have been surprised. Ms Raducanu's joyful losing attitude might not have pleased the traditionalists enjoying their strawberries and cream at Wimbledon, but it perfectly encapsulated the attitudes of her adoring Gen Z followers.”

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Is Emma Raducanu dating biker Fabio Quartararo?

There is no doubt Raducanu is quite popular among the younger generation and according to reports, one of her admirers is French biker Fabio Quartararo, the reigning MotoGP World Champion. It has been said that a “friendship” is brewing between them on social media. Reports have also stated that one of the reasons behind the so-called connection is Raducanu’s love of biking.

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“Emma raced motorbikes and go-karts as a child and has described herself in the past as a true ‘adrenalin junkie’, so it's clear that she and Fabio have something in common,” express.co.uk reported. The report also went on to state that Raducanu’s interest in biking developed because of her father.

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She had once told Vogue magazine: “He’s [her father] all about being different and not caring what other people may have thought. When I was younger, I was the only girl in my group karting or doing motocross, and I thought it was pretty cool.” But it “took a back seat in her life when she began to achieve success in competitive tennis and had to centre it on her calendar. However, she has firmly insisted she still intends to get her motorbiking license,” the report added.

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