Emma Raducanu has revealed she plans to start her 2023 season in Auckland. Raducanu, 20, will be making her debut on the hard courts of Auckland in January. The Auckland event is set to feature some of the biggest names of the game as Cori Gauff, Leylah Fernandez and Sloane Stephens are also set to play.
“I’m really looking forward to coming to New Zealand. I’ve heard so many good things about the tournament. It is a great way to start off the Australian Open swing. I have heard that the tournament in New Zealand is great for players and fans.
New Zealand is known for its beautiful landscape and nature, so I hope I can get to explore some of the other beautiful parts whilst in my time there," Raducanu said.
The Auckland event looking forward to hosting Raducanu
Raducanu quickly became one of the most popular names on the WTA Tour.
Raducanu is especially beloved among the younger population and the Auckland organizers are looking forward to bringing the 20-year-old to New Zealand. “Emma has a huge profile in world tennis and is a young player of immense ability.
Clearly her US Open triumph and journey was spectacular and so we are thrilled that Emma has decided to play in Auckland as part of her preparation for the Australian Open. She has had to cope with so much attention from media, fans and commercial interests as well as continue to develop as a player.
In UK that is a level of pressure that can be overwhelming. Emma is showing that she can cope with this celebrity and is now working hard on her game to prove that her US Open triumph was only an indication of her capabilities.
I am sure fans will want to throng into the ASB Tennis Arena to see her in action. It is very exciting," Auckland tournament director Nicolas Lamperin said of Raducanu signing up to play Auckland.