Emma Raducanu has just announced her first tournament back

Raducanu hasn't played since April and undergoing three surgeries in May.

by Dzevad Mesic
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Emma Raducanu has just announced her first tournament back
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Emma Raducanu has decided to make her return to tennis at the ASB Classic in Auckland, tournament director Nicolas Lamperin announced on Thursday. Raducanu, who turned 21 last month, had surgeries on both wrists and her right ankle in May.

After missing the entire second part of the 2023 season and taking her time to recover, Raducanu is set to play again in the first week of the 2024 season. In Auckland, Raducanu will be making her second appearance. The 2024 Auckland edition is set to take place between January 01-07 and Raducanu's competition there includes the likes of 2023 US Open champion Coco Gauff and former world No 1 Caroline Wozniacki.

Raducanu will be hoping for more luck in Auckland in 2024

At the start of the 2023 season, Raducanu made her Auckland debut.

In her first-ever match on the hard courts of Auckland, Raducanu made a good start as she defeated Linda Fruhvirtova 4-6 6-4 6-2. After beating Fruhvirtova, Raducanu met Viktoria Hruncakova in her next match. Raducanu very easily won the first set but lost the second set after rolling her ankle late in the set.

After losing the second set, Raducanu retired the match and exited the court in tears. Afterward, Raducanu made it clear that she wasn't happy at all that she suffered an injury just before the Australian Open. Although Raducanu's Auckland debut didn't end well, the Briton still decided to return to the tournament at the start of the 2024 season.

"She was obviously in no rush, she wanted to make sure she was fully healthy and ready to come back. She loves this time of year. She had fun in New Zealand and despite the fact she had to retire this year, she was happy to come back," Auckland tournament director Lamperin said. It remains to be seen how will Raducanu's return to tennis in Auckland go.

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