British #1 Emma Raducanu will miss both the French Open and her home slam Wimbledon. The Brit is having surgery that will keep her out for the summer.
Emma Raducanu will miss Clay and Grass season
Brit needs surgery on both wrists and an ankle
Emma Raducanu Wednesday announced that she will miss the clay and grass season this year. The current British #1 needs surgery on both wrists and an ankle. This puts her out of playing any tennis for the French Open and her home Grand Slam, Wimbledon.
Raducanu has struggled with injuries since her impressive US Open win in 2021. The Brit has struggled to repeat that success since. Raducanu has been plagued by illness, injuries, and niggles since that impressive title. The 20-year-old needs surgery on both her hands. The issue involves a bone very close to the wrists.
Posting a picture on social media with her right hand bandaged after the first surgery, the Brit wrote “It pains me to say I will miss the summer events”
“I tried to downplay the issues so I thank all my fans who continued to support me when you did not know the facts” The problems have flared up at various times throughout this season, most recently forcing the Brit to withdraw from the Madrid Open within hours of being due to play the first round.
Raducanu will drop out of the Top 100 and will be replaced by Jodie Burrage as British #1. The Brit’s management team confirmed the surgery on her right hand, and that there are no concerns regarding her long term recovery. Raducanu also requires surgery on her left ankle. This will take place before any surgery on her left hand.
The reason behind this, will allow the Brit to always have one “free” hand, that will enable her to complete everyday tasks (think writing, holding a cup of tea etc). Once her right hand has fully healed, the left one will be done. Although confirmed as missing both the French Open and Wimbledon, this also casts doubts on participation in the US Open.
Needing surgery at such a young age is not something any player wants. Hopefully, this will be the end of the major injuries for the Brit and she can get back out on tour and playing.
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