Emma Raducanu, another Slam champion officially listed in Australian Open qualifying

Raducanu set to compete in the 2024 Australian Open qualifying event.

by Dzevad Mesic
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Emma Raducanu, another Slam champion officially listed in Australian Open qualifying
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Former world No 10 Emma Raducanu and Dominic Thiem have officially landed in the 2024 Australian Open qualifying field. Raducanu, ranked at No 299 in the world, didn't play any tournaments after suffering a Stuttgart first-round loss in April and undergoing three surgeries in May.

Ahead of her return, Raducanu has a protected ranking of No 103 to use. Raducanu used her protected ranking to enter the Australian Open but she missed out on the main draw cut. On the other side, Thiem is currently ranked at No 98 but still narrowly missed out on the Australian Open main draw.

Raducanu and Thiem are two Grand Slam champions and there is no doubt that there will be interest in how they do in the qualifying event at Melbourne Park.

What happened the last time Raducanu played in a Grand Slam qualifying?

The last time Raducanu competed in a Grand Slam qualifying event came at the 2021 US Open.

That year, Raducanu made history as she became the first-ever player male or female to win a Grand Slam as a qualifier. Nearly and a half years later, Raducanu is set to feature in a Grand Slam qualifying event. Ahead of Raducanu's comeback, former British tennis star Tim Henman preached patience with Raducanu as he believes the 21-year-old must trust the process and for now just focus on staying healthy and getting matches and experience.

“She's an incredible tennis player. She's working hard to build her physical resilience so that she can be out on court, be on tour and compete. I think patience is a really important word for Raducanu herself, but also all the people that are excited to see her come back.

She's 21 years of age. She's got the next ten years in front of her. She just needs to build that foundation so that she can get out on tour and compete and show the undeniable talents that she has," Henman told Eurosport.

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