Raducanu Withdraws from French Open

Mon May 20 2024
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PARIS: Emma Raducanu, the former US Open champion, appears set to sit out the French Open at Roland Garros following her withdrawal from this week’s qualifying event. Despite being the third alternate for the main draw, her absence from the list of qualifiers published on Sunday by the Roland Garros website suggests she won’t be participating.

In a statement reported by British media on Sunday, Raducanu expressed the importance of focusing on her foundational fitness, utilizing this time to prepare for the upcoming grass and hard court seasons to ensure her readiness for the remainder of the year. Ranked 212th in the world, the 21-year-old has encountered consistent injury setbacks since her victorious 2021 US Open campaign. Although she competed at Roland Garros in 2022, her journey was cut short in the second round.

Despite her achievements, she did not receive a wildcard entry for this year’s tournament. Following a quarter-final appearance in Stuttgart and a subsequent early exit at the Madrid Open, Raducanu admitted feeling “mentally and emotionally exhausted.” As the French Open main draw commences in May, it appears Raducanu will be absent from the clay courts of Paris.

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