World No. 19 Emma Raducanu has withdrawn from the Melbourne Summer Set. Raducanu, 19, just returned from the isolation and she wants to give herself more time on the practice court before returning to competitive action. "The timing to compete in the first Melbourne event this week is too soon for me, having just returned from isolation," Raducanu said.
Raducanu was scheduled to play the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi. Raducanu tested positive for COVID-19 in Abu Dhabi and she was replaced by Ons Jabeur. "I was very much looking forward to playing in front of the fans here in Abu Dhabi, but unfortunately after testing positive for COVID-19, I will have to postpone until the next opportunity," Raducanu said on December 14.
"I'm isolating as per rules and hopefully will be able to get back soon."
Raducanu honored in Great Britain
Raducanu became the youngest ever MBE recipient after being recognized by the The Queen in her 2022 New Year Honours List.
"It makes me immensely proud and grateful to be listed to receive an MBE from Her Majesty the Queen. This year has been full of amazing surprises for me so to end 2021 with this appointment is very special," Raducanu said.
Chief Executive of the LTA, Scott Lloyd said: “We are delighted for Emma, Louis, Marshall and Tim that their respective contributions to tennis in Britain have been recognised. It has been a tremendous year for our sport, and this is a fantastic way to finish.
On behalf of the LTA and the whole tennis community, we send them all our warmest congratulations for these well-deserved awards”. Raducanu made tennis history at this past US Open when she became the first qualifier ever to win a Grand Slam. After winning her maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open, Raducanu is set to make her debut at the Australian Open.