Ex-British star defends Emma Raducanu after interesting French Open qualifying move

Over the weekend, Raducanu pulled out of the French Open qualifying so she could focus on the grass season.

by Dzevad Mesic
Ex-British star defends Emma Raducanu after interesting French Open qualifying move
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Former British tennis star Laura Robson says Emma Raducanu's decision to skip the French Open qualifying and focus on the grass season makes sense as this way the 2021 US Open won't be in a constant rush but will be able to fully focus on being as ready as possible for the grass swing. 

On Sunday morning, reports started coming out that Raducanu decided to withdraw from the French Open qualifying. A couple of hours later, Raducanu herself confirmed the news. However, the 21-year-old noted in a statement that she wasn't injured but simply made the move because she wanted to a strong training block before the summer on grass and hard. 

Naturally, Raducanu's decision not to play in the French Open qualifying led to some criticism as some felt It was the Briton's response to not receiving a main draw wildcard. 

But former world No. 27 Robson believes that decision was made only because of tennis purposes.

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Robson defends Raducanu's decision 

“I can see exactly what her thinking is,” Robson told Tennis365

“You’ve got a really big run of tournaments coming up if you are looking to play every week on the grass and you have to make sure your body is as ready as possible. She knows that’s a surface she can do really well on.

“Going to Paris, playing qualies, being a bit rushed trying to play the whole grass season… you want to make sure you are 100 percent ready to go.

“You are waiting around for wildcard announcements and knowing she wasn’t going to get into the main draw, it’s an easy decision to just take a reset and go straight to the grass.”

During this year's grass season, four tournaments will be taking place on British soil, including Wimbledon. 

Since Raducanu kicked off her preparations for the grass season early this year, it won't be surprising if she appears in three tournaments or even plays out the full schedule during the grass season.

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