- Emma Raducanu, the 2021 US Open champion, demonstrates remarkable resilience by setting her sights on a 2024 comeback.
- Raducanu’s 2023 season was marred by recurring physical health issues, forcing her to miss three Grand Slam tournaments.
- Despite her setbacks, Raducanu remains focused on her ultimate goal of winning Wimbledon.
Emma Raducanu, who has struggled with injuries and had wrist and ankle surgery, says she hopes to play tennis again in 2024. Unfortunately, she missed three Grand Slam tournaments this year due to her recurring physical health issues. After having surgery in May, she made the difficult decision to skip the remainder of 2023.
After being injured this season, Emma Raducanu of Great Britain has provided an update on when she expects to make a comeback to tennis. She is aiming for 2024 as her return date.
Early in 2023, the 20-year-old experienced persistent wrist pain, and in May, she underwent a small treatment on both wrists in addition to having surgery on her ankle.
She had stated that she expected to be sidelined for “a few months,” but Raducanu has since confirmed that she won’t be totally fit until at least 2024.
I’ll return the following season, the 20-year-old told BBC Sport. It was difficult to watch the slams pass by this season because they were all finished, but I tried to stay as much as I could in my lane and keep my recovery in mind.
Raducanu became the first qualifier to win a major singles championship during the Open era with her victory at the 2021 US Open, catapulting her to fame.
She has since suffered from medical problems and a loss of shape. Since the 2021 Flushing Meadows final, she hasn’t advanced past the second round of a Grand Slam, and after reaching a peak ranking of 10, she is no longer among the top 200 players in the world.
The first female British singles champion at the All England Club since Virginia Wade in 1977, however, is Raducanu’s “ultimate” objective, and she acknowledges that she views every criticism as a “compliment” in spite of her insistence that she does not.
“I just consider it a compliment that they are still talking about me even though I’m not present on these occasions. Worry when they are not talking about you, someone once told me,” the speaker said.
Wimbledon has always been a childhood dream. The ultimate dream is still to win Wimbledon.