Emma Raducanu makes surprise revelation about long injury layoff

Raducanu didn't play any tournaments in the remainder of 2023 after having three surgeries in May.

by Dzevad Mesic
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Emma Raducanu makes surprise revelation about long injury layoff
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Emma Raducanu claims she stayed very busy even during her injury layoff, saying that she had "even less time" during her extended time away from tennis. 

On May 1st, Raducanu announced her decision to undergo surgeries on both wrists and her right ankle. After surgeries, Raducanu wore surgery casts on her wrists for some time. Also, Raducanu had a cast on her right ankle and she was spotted in a wheelchair and using crutches. 

Initially, Raducanu wasn't able to do much. But it is not that Raducanu was doing nothing as the Briton was constantly doing rehab and therapy after multiple surgeries. 

Late in the summer, Raducanu returned to the gym and hit the court again. As the time progressed, Raducanu slowly increased the intensity of her practices. 

"Things never really slow down for me. I think people might have thought oh, injury, you must have so much time on your hands, and no, I've actually had even less," Raducanu said. 

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Emma Raducanu© Getty Images Sport - Julian Finney
 

Raducanu grateful to her partners

Following a historic 2021 US Open win, Raducanu landed several lucrative sponsorship and endorsement deals. Now, 21-year-old Raducanu has one of the richest sponsorship portfolios in the tennis world. While Raducanu wasn't able to play much in 2023, her partners were full of support and fully understanding of her situation. 

"I think it was all good times. My partners have really backed me and supported me even in a year out. So anything that I can do to give back, give extra, is really important to me," Raducanu said.

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Emma Raducanu© Getty Images Entertainment - Tim P. Whitby
 

Meanwhile, Raducanu made her comeback in the first week of the new season in Auckland. At the Auckland event, Raducanu started with a win after defeating Elena-Gabriela Ruse. In the Auckland round-of-16, Raducanu's campaign ended following a three-set loss to Elina Svitolina. 

Leading up to the Australian Open, Raducanu will compete at the Kooyong exhibition and also play a charity match against Naomi Osaka in Melbourne.

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