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Giggling Emma Raducanu blames a friend after accidentally blurting out ‘What the f***’! in Italian

Laughing Emma Raducanu blames a friend after trying to dazzle Italian TV presenters by speaking their language during an interview in Rome, accidentally blurting out “What the fuck!”.

  • Emma Raducanu is well known for her linguistic talents, but for once she got into trouble during an interview for the Italian Open.
  • The 19-year-old was asked if she knew any Italians before tennis in Rome.
  • She said a friend told her ‘che chazzo’ – she didn’t realize it meant ‘what the hell’

She has rightly been praised for her linguistic talents, but Emma Raducanu had to laugh at an embarrassing misstep in an interview for this week’s Italian Open.

Raducanu, 19, is trilingual, speaking Mandarin and Romanian in addition to English. His mother is Chinese and his father is from Romania and, thinking about this week’s tennis in Rome, Raducanu was asked if he had learned a lot of Italian.

“I did, like ‘che chazzo,'” says Raducanu, before being caught off guard by surprised laughter in the background behind the camera. ‘Is that a bad word?’ she asked.

Emma Raducanu was left hysterical after realizing that she had accidentally sworn in an interview

Emma Raducanu was left hysterical after realizing that she had accidentally sworn in an interview

Looking ahead to this week's Italian Open, Raducanu was shocked when he said he knew the phrase 'che chazzo' and people off camera began to laugh awkwardly.

Looking ahead to this week’s Italian Open, Raducanu was shocked when he said he knew the phrase ‘che chazzo’ and people off camera began to laugh awkwardly.

Raducanu explained that a friend had told her the phrase and she did not know what it meant

Raducanu explained that a friend had told her the phrase and she did not know what it meant

‘A little, yes,’ the interviewer told him.

‘My friend told me that! What does it mean?’ Raducanu continued. ‘Cut that one! What does it mean?’

‘I’ll tell you later, at the end of the interview,’ replied the journalist with a laugh.

‘In fact? Did I just swear on camera? OMG! I can’t believe I just swore on camera! In Italian! I love it!’ Raducanu continued, in fits of laughter.

The phrase ‘che chazzo’ means ‘what the fuck’ in Italian and the interviewer joked with Raducanu that it could still be a useful phrase to learn, but hopefully not for her next match against Bianca Andreescu later on Tuesday.

Raducanu, who was born in Toronto, gave an interview in fluent Romanian at the Transylvania Open last October, and shortly after his impressive US Open triumph last September, he gave an interview in Mandarin.

Raducanu is well known for her linguistic talents and has previously been fluent in Mandarin.

Raducanu is well known for her linguistic talents and has previously been fluent in Mandarin.

‘I can understand like 80 percent of Romanian. I don’t want to get big,” he said in his interview at the Transylvania Open.

‘I really struggle to find my words and vocabulary. When they told me about this at the end of the session, and I was speaking to the crowd, I was thinking about my vocabulary in the changes.

‘The more time I spend here, the more immersed I become in the language and I can pick it up reasonably quickly.’

In recent weeks, there has been scrutiny over Raducanu’s coaching decisions after parting ways with Torben Beltz last month. She currently does not have a full-time coach as she manages her first leg of the WTA tour on clay.

Raducanu worked with Nigel Sears, Andy Murray’s father-in-law, at Wimbledon last year and Andrew Richardson during his memorable run in New York last summer, but dispensed with both before moving on to Beltz.

She said she enjoys training herself at the moment, explaining: ‘I would describe myself as a loner. Over the last year… I’ve had a lot of people around me a lot and very often.

Raducanu has described herself as a 'loner' when talking about working out without a coach.

Raducanu has described herself as a ‘loner’ when talking about working out without a coach.

The 19-year-old British No.1 parted ways with her German coach Torben Beltz (right) last month.

The 19-year-old British No.1 parted ways with her German coach Torben Beltz (right) last month.

“Being alone is interesting because I’m discovering a lot about myself, understanding what I need and what I don’t need.”

She added: ‘Clay is very new to me. I definitely feel like I’ve been making progress every week, getting better, understanding better how to play points, when to stay on point or when to stay aggressive.

‘I don’t think it’s like the finished product at all. But yeah, I’m going in a good direction.

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