Andy Roddick says Emma Raducanu may have made a tactical decision in skipping the MGM Macau Tennis Masters because she doesn't want to "interrupt a cohesive training block." Raducanu, who had surgeries on both wrists and her right ankle in May, was scheduled to play against Belinda Bencic in the Macau exhibition on December 2nd.
But this month, the organizers announced that Raducanu withdrew from the tournament. “It’s tough because we don’t know if it’s a recurrence of the same two injuries that she has or if it’s a fitness issue or maybe the training is going so well they don’t want to interrupt a really cohesive training block with a trip to Macau in December.
That’s always an awkward time to play an exhibition event. I liked playing them right after the season ends or right before the season begins because it gives you more uninterrupted training. Maybe that’s just what she felt she needed.
I’d be guessing at this point," Roddick told Betway.
Roddick to Raducanu: Don't go straight to the Australian Open
Raducanu hasn't made any promises regarding her comeback but it is widely expected that the 21-year-old is aiming to play at the start of the 2024 season.
If Raducanu indeed plans to play at the Australian Open, Roddick's advise is to at least play one or two tournaments before going to Melbourne Park. “I know one thing that has to happen if she’s going to go start playing a Slam in Australia, she’s going to have to play something before.
There’s going to have to be a 250, I would even like to see her play two events in the lead-up, because there’s just nothing guaranteed. You want those matches. So I’d be curious to see if, in the next 10 days, two weeks, we hear anything else about her intended schedule," Roddick said.