John Cleese takes swipe at ‘third-rate’ Piers Morgan over unearthed Emma Radocanu comments

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John Cleese, 81, has responded to former Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan’s, 56, criticism of tennis star Emma Raducanu, after she won the 2021 US Open women’s singles title. The 18-year-old champion became Britain’s first female Grand Slam champion since 1977 after her win against Leylah Fernandez.

Morgan has previously made disapproving remarks about the tennis star, siding with veteran John McEnroe when in July he suggested the competition got “a little bit too much” for the 18-year-old during her Wimbledon campaign.

The young sportswoman, who grew up in Bromley, eventually pulled out after suffering “difficulty breathing”.

At the time, Morgan shared with his eight million Twitter followers a news article about McEnroe receiving backlash over his remarks.

Alongside the article, he wrote: “McEnroe told the truth.

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

Last night, after Raducanu’s US Open victory, one Twitter user unearthed Morgan’s tweet.

The user wrote: “This aged well Piers Morgan. Brilliant from Emma Raducanu.”

Cleese quickly took the opportunity to take a swipe at Morgan as he retweeted the post.

In view of his 5.6 million followers, the actor added: “Hard to be a know-it-all when you are a third rate person.”

Following Raducanu’s win, Morgan took to his Twitter account to congratulate her.

He wrote: Imagine if @EmmaRaducanu had taken Twitter’s advice & carried on ‘bravely’ and ‘heroically’ quitting and losing… thank God she’s made of tougher stuff & realised that winners don’t quit & have to learn how to handle the pressure.

“That’s why she’s Champion today. Congrats Emma.”

Despite being met with backlash, Morgan has been open about his views on tennis.

Last week, the TV personality labelled Naomi Osaka a “spoiled brat”, as she lost in three sets to 18-year-old Fernandez in the third round of the US Open.

The 23-year-old tennis star was seen throwing her racket down to the floor in frustration during the match.

Morgan tweeted: “People got very upset when I suggested Naomi Osaka may be a spoiled brat.

“Here she is repeatedly smashing up rackets as she loses in the US Open.

“Then she cried again, and threatened to quit again.

“If a male tennis player behaved like this, we’d call him…. a spoiled brat.”

But some Twitter users were quick to defend Osaka, pointing out that “not a single racket in this video is ‘smashed up’”.

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