July 16, 2024
Emma Raducanu

Emma Raducanu was not present at Wimbledon and is poised to skip the upcoming US Open.
Emma Raducanu wore a Rafael Nadal T-shirt and played the piano in a video on social media as she gave fans an insight into her summer plans away from the tennis court. The 20-year-old has been out of action since appearing at the Stuttgart Open in April after undergoing surgery and missed the French Open and Wimbledon earlier this summer.

Emma Raducanu became an overnight sensation two years ago when she defied the odds to lift the US Open trophy at the age of 18. The Bromley star had only ever played at one Grand Slam before that tournament and became the first qualifier in history to win a Major as she won every match without dropping a set.

But the tennis sensation has been hit by a string of injury problems since her famous triumph and has struggled to replicate the same standard of tennis. In May, she went under the knife to have surgery on both her wrists and one ankle and has missed a whole host of tournaments as a result.

And she showed her followers exactly what her plans were this summer in a video on Instagram as she exhibited her incredible piano skills before smiling and putting her thumbs up to the camera. The star was also happy to share a blooper as she posted another video which was cut short when someone started talking in the background.

Emma Raducanu
Emma Raducanu was absent from Wimbledon and is set to miss the US Open (Image: GETTY)

In the videos, Raducanu is wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with Nadal’s signature Raging Bull logo. And she has already spoken about how much respect she has for the 22-time Grand Slam champion after being spotted in another Nadal T-shirt during last year’s Wimbledon.

“Rafa just embodies fight,” she said at the time. “That sort of energy, that’s what I’m bringing in terms of energy. I think I’ve had a tough year, like it’s no secret. It is all worth it just to go out on Centre Court and get a win.”
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Emma Raducanu
Emma Raducanu wore a Rafael Nadal t-shirt and played the piano in a video on Instagram (Image: EMMA RADUCANU/INSTAGRAM)

Emma Raducanu hasn’t made it beyond the second round of a Grand Slam since her success at Flushing Meadows and exited the US Open at the first-round stage last year. The Brit will be absent from this year’s tournament, which gets underway on Monday, as she recovers from her operations.

Raducanu has made it back to the practice courts following some work in the gym as she steps up her return to competition. And last week she trained in Shenyang, China, as she prepares to play in the MGM Macau Tennis Masters exhibition event at the end of the year.

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