Australian Open: Emma Raducanu pulls out of warm-up event after just coming out of Covid isolation | Tennis News

Emma Raducanu will not take part in this week’s Melbourne tournament; the event is one of several warm-up events for the Australian Open; world number 19 will compete in the Sydney Classic later this month in preparation for the first Grand Slam of 2022

Last updated: 01/01/22 9:08


Emma Raducanu was in solitary confinement in Australia after testing positive for Covid

Emma Raducanu retired from an Australian Open warm-up tournament in Melbourne after just coming out of solitary confinement after returning a positive Covid test.

Raducanu, who was awarded an MBE on the New Year’s Honors list after winning the US Open in September, had withdrawn from the Mubadala World Tennis Championship exhibition event in Abu Dhabi last month after contracting the virus.

The 19-year-old was to be the star of one of two women’s WTA 250 warm-up tournaments to be held at Melbourne Park from January 4th to 9th.

Raducanu was awarded an MBE on the New Year's honors list

Raducanu was awarded an MBE on the New Year’s honors list

“The timing to compete in the first Melbourne event this week is too early for me, having just returned from solitary confinement,” Raducanu told organizers.

Emma Raducanu opens with Sky News presenter Jacquie Beltrao about her fairytale in New York and her goals for 2022.

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Emma Raducanu opens with Sky News presenter Jacquie Beltrao about her fairytale in New York and her goals for 2022.

Emma Raducanu opens with Sky News presenter Jacquie Beltrao about her fairytale in New York and her goals for 2022.

The world number 19 is expected to compete in the Sydney Classic later this month before making her Australian Open debut January 17-30.

Raducanu made the year to remember for British tennis

Britain has a new golden girl and her name is Emma Raducanu.

One minute he was preparing to take the A-Levels in economics and math, and the next, the then 18-year-old from Bromley, Kent, was lifting the US Open trophy and cashing a check for £ 1.8 million.

Raducanu has won 10 games at Flushing Meadows, all in two sets, becoming the first to go all the way to a Grand Slam title and the first British woman to win a major after Virginia Wade’s famous 1977 Wimbledon success.

Her stunning 6-4 6-3 win over Leylah Fernandez in the final earned her a spot on the red carpet at the Met Gala in New York and a place forever in the heart of the nation. Quite a fairy tale!

Raducanu was a rookie who had never won a single WTA Tour game and who had played her first major tournament just a couple of months earlier at Wimbledon.

At the All England Club Raducanu showed the British public and the tennis world what a special talent she is, arriving in the fourth round before being forced to retire due to respiratory difficulties against Ajla Tomljanovic.

Ranked 343 at the start of 2021, Raducanu finished the year as the fifth British woman to enter the world top 20 despite having played in just 10 tournaments.

His preparation for the Australian Open didn’t start under the best of circumstances after contracting COVID-19 in Abu Dhabi, but he was in a high mood when he received the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award while in solitary confinement.

What about his chances of more Grand Slam glory in 2022? Well, Raducanu has appointed an experienced and caring German coach Torben Beltz and is focused on recovering his peers as he prepares for his first full season in the sport.

Whether he will win more titles next season or in the future remains to be seen, but Raducanu has changed the British tennis landscape and there could be a very exciting decade ahead.

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