British tennis star Emma Raducanu has signed up to play Birmingham, the tournament announced. Raducanu, 19, is set to make her debut on the grass courts of Birmingham.
The 2021 grass season was when everything really started for Raducanu.
After being awarded a wildcard into Wimbledon, Raducanu went on to reach the round-of-16 before retiring versus Ajla Tomljanovic. Now a year later, Raducanu is set to highlight the Birmingham player field. “I can’t wait to play in Britain again and I’m delighted to be competing at the Rothesay Classic in Birmingham in the 40th year of this terrific showcase for women’s tennis,” Raducanu said.
“It will be great to get back on to the grass at home, where the backing of the British fans was so fantastic”. The Birmingham organizers thrilled to have Raducanu The interest in Raducanu will be sky high during this year's grass season so it shouldn't be as a surprise that the Birmingham organizers are absolutely thrilled to have the 19-year-old signed up for the event.
“As the current US Open champion, world No 11 and British No 1, having Emma come to the Rothesay Classic is fantastic news,” Birmingham tournament director Patrick Hughesman revealed. “She is one of the most exciting young players in the women’s game right now and she is obviously going to create quite a stir for the home crowd as she steps out onto the pristine grass of our Ann Jones Centre Court.
“This is a great opportunity for anyone who loves watching world-class sport up close to experience the thrill of these top athletes like Emma competing in Birmingham”. After reaching her first Grand Slam round-of-16 at Wimbledon, Raducanu became a Grand Slam champion two months later at the US Open.
Raducanu will certainly be hoping to have a strong grass season this year. The Birmingham event kicks off on June 13 and it remains to be seen how far can Raducanu go in her debut.