Tennis: Tennis-Raducanu expected to be fit for Wimbledon

(Reuters) -U.S. Open champion Emma Raducanu is hopeful she’s going to be fit to play at Wimbledon after being compelled to withdraw from subsequent week’s WTA 250 occasion in Birmingham due to a facet pressure.

A “freak harm” compelled Raducanu, 19, to retire from her opening match on the Nottingham Open on Tuesday however the Briton mentioned on Wednesday she was trying ahead to the remainder of the grasscourt swing.

“It was disappointing to exit this week with a facet harm and sadly will now not be in a position to play in Birmingham,” Raducanu mentioned in a press release launched by Britain’s Lawn Tennis Association (LTA).

“I’m trying ahead to be again on the match court docket quickly although to get pleasure from the remainder of the grass season.”

Raducanu shot to stardom in September, 2021 when she received the U.S. Open title as a qualifier, turning into Britain’s first feminine Grand Slam champion since Virginia Wade in 1977.

She has, nevertheless, suffered a string of health points since successful her maiden Grand Slam title and was knocked out within the second spherical of the French Open final month.

Wimbledon will be held from June 27 to July 10. Raducanu reached the final 16 on the grasscourt main in 2021.


Judy Murray, a tennis coach and mom of three-times Grand Slam winner Andy, has mentioned Raducanu wants time to mature bodily and will rent specialists to assist her.

“What’s turning into more and more clear is that Raducanu’s physique wants time to mature,” Murray wrote in a column for The Telegraph.

“If you strip away the actual fact she was catapulted into this superb success following her U.S. Open triumph final September, she isn’t any totally different to every other younger participant within the sense that her physique wants time to fill out, change into extra strong and resilient.

“It’s a course of that merely would not occur in a single day, particularly when the bodily calls for on her physique are at an all-time excessive,” Murray mentioned, including that her son Andy suffered from cramping whereas transferring up from the junior circuit to the ATP.

Murray additionally urged Raducanu to make extra use of feminine experience in taking good care of her well being, highlighting the instance of Chinese teenager Zheng Qinwen who opened up about how menstrual cramps derailed her run on the French Open.

“How lots of at the moment’s high feminine gamers, I’m wondering, are harnessing the peaks and troughs of their cycle and tailoring it to their coaching and efficiency?” Murray mentioned.

“How many may really feel extra empowered by investing in a ladies’s well being physio or specialist and making their entourage that bit extra female-centric?”

“… the menstrual cycle and its impression on athletic efficiency is an space of sports activities science that has been woefully uncared for and solely now are we starting to perceive its impression on an athlete, each psychologically and bodily.”

(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru,Editing by Toby Davis and Ed Osmond)

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