Former UK No.1 delivers verdict as Emma Raducanu’s injury troubles continue

Emma Raducanu Frustrated Credit: Alamy

Emma Raducanu Frustrated Credit: Alamy

Emma Raducanu has confirmed she will be absent from next month’s Billie Jean King Cup final in Glasgow, ending a season that has been plagued constantly by injuries.

The British number one was named to the Great Britain squad earlier this month but was ruled out due to the wrist injury that ended her season on the WTA Tour prematurely.

“It’s disappointing to hear from the doctors that I won’t be ready in time, especially since it’s my home,” Raducanu told LTA.

“I tried to do everything possible to get him ready on time, since my last tournament I have been working on physical training and rehabilitation every day.

“I have confidence in my team-mates and I’m looking forward to playing next year.”

It’s the latest setback for the 2021 US Open champion, who has struggled to live up to her inflated billing in her first full year on the WTA Tour.

Injury problems have plagued her at several big events including the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open, with former UK No.1 Annabel Croft suggesting this chain of events was predictable.

“We know how good she is because we saw that at the US Open (in 2021) she is such an amazing athlete, she is so smart and it will just take her time to settle into her new fame,” Croft told Tennis365 during a Game4Padel event.

“Her life changed overnight and that’s a lot to deal with for someone so young. The talent is there and she can get it back on track pretty quickly.

“She is learning backwards and it will take time. To say that she went from 300 in the world to a Grand Slam champion and everyone wants a piece of her and every match she plays is on center court. It must be difficult.

“Everything is done under the dazzling gaze of the media, press and fans around the world. It couldn’t have been easy.

“If you take out the US Open result and look at her age, where she is, and she’s done pretty well.”

This latest injury setback adds to a long list for Raducanu and Croft suggests his decision to hire former Andy Murray fitness trainer Jez Green could be a key one.

“She beat some very decent players, but she had a lot of retirements and three set fights,” she added.

“I think Jez Green’s fitness appointment is a very good appointment. He knows a thing or two about fitness and it’s going to be about building strength and conditioning.

Raducanu has withdrawn from tournaments in Romania and Mexico before being named in Great Britain’s squad for the 12-nation Billie Jean King Cup final, which kicks off on November 8 at the Emirates Arena.

There were always doubts over whether she would play in Glasgow, but video footage on her Instagram feed in recent days has raised hopes as she appeared to be back in training.

Yet the news that she is absent from the Glasgow event is a hammer blow for the British side, who will now face an even bigger task to shine at home.

The 19-year-old former US Open champion made her tournament debut in April’s qualifier against the Czech Republic and was selected alongside Harriet Dart, Katie Boulter and Heather Watson, with a fifth player added later.

Great Britain will face Kazakhstan and Spain in group matches in a World Cup-style event, with the pool winner advancing to the semi-finals.

Despite losing to the Czechs, they secured a place in the final as hosts, lifting them to the tournament’s highest level for the first time since 1993.

Raducanu is due to play at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship exhibition in Abu Dhabi in mid-December as she steps up her preparations for the Australian Open in the first month of 2023.

Annabel Croft talks to Tennis365 with Game4Padel Credit: Alamy

Annabel Croft talks to Tennis365 with Game4Padel

Annabel Croft spoke to Tennis365 when the padel courts last opened at Edinburgh Park in Scotland in her role as Game4Padel Ambassador.

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