Emma Raducanu has issued a very optimistic update as the 20-year-old Briton says she is now "in a better place to compete" than she was before undergoing three surgeries. Shortly after becoming a Grand Slam champion at the 2021 US Open, Raducanu started to deal with various injuries and physical setbacks.
It was very negatively impacting Raducanu, who was constantly missing time and struggling when she was playing. In May, Raducanu announced she was taking a break from tennis and undergoing surgeries on both wrists and her right ankle.
“It was difficult to train after the surgeries, so it was very sedentary in the beginning. Through the whole period, I’ve been doing a lot off court, reading a lot and watching some tennis. Mentally, I feel like I’m in a better place to compete now than I ever have been before since the US Open.
I’m hoping to get back on board for next season. I know it’s going to be difficult when you haven’t competed for a long time, like almost a year. It’s going to probably take me some tournaments to get up to speed.
But, once I do, I think I’m in a better headspace to compete now," Raducanu said on Amazon Prime.
Raducanu got to experience some new things
The first two months after surgery, Raducanu could do nothing in the gym or the practice court.
After returning to the gym in July, Raducanu also started practicing again in August. While sidelined, Raducanu has enjoyed some very quality time off the court. Most recently, Raducanu visited China and her mother's hometown. “I just really wanted to expand what I do off the court because obviously when you’re playing you have little to no time to do anything.
So it was nice to have some time to learn new skills and do things I’d never done or tried before. At the end of the day, I’m itching to get back on court," Raducanu said. Raducanu is expected to return at the start of the 2024 season.
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