Emma Raducanu funnily asked a magic tennis ball if it knew the answer to the question of why there are constant ball changes on the WTA Tour. Raducanu, the 2021 US Open champion, was a guest on Tennis Channel's Warm & Fuzzy Season 2.
When told by host Michael Kosta she can ask the magic tennis ball anything and it will give an answer, Raducanu asked with a smile on her face: "My question for the universe is why are we changing balls each week?" After shaking the magic tennis ball, Kosta read out the answer: "The answer is: You are good at tennis." Raducanu laughed and proceeded to ask: "Is it what it really says? You are good at tennis?" Kosta responded: "That's what it says."
Raducanu jokingly asked why the balls are changing every week on the Tour
During this past 2023 season, players often complained about the constant ball changes.
In the last few months of the season, that criticism intensified as more and more players started even claiming that the balls are to blame for the increased number of injuries on the ATP and WTA Tour. Most notably, players believe that the constant ball changes are causing wrist, elbow, and shoulder injuries.
Paula Badosa, a former world No 2, reacted in October to an ATP player claiming the balls are causing injuries. "The issue is not only ATP unfortunately… With the WTA we are having the same problems for years as well.
We need a change from both sides," Badosa wrote on X in October. Raducanu, who turned 21 this month, dealt with injuries on both wrists. In May, Raducanu decided to have surgery on both wrists and her right ankle. Raducanu hasn't played since but she is working on returning at the start of the 2024 season. When Raducanu returns, her main priority will be to try to stay healthy for a longer period of time.