Emma Raducanu suffers another setback as she withdraws from her comeback event

Emma Raducanu played her last WTA event in April.


Emma Raducanu suffers another setback as she withdraws from her comeback event

Emma Raducanu (Image via Sky Sports)

Former World No.10 Emma Raducanu withdrew from the Macau Tennis Masters event, as she pushed back her comeback date. The Brit was expected to come back to the tour at the Macau event, hoping to get ready for the Australian Open. However, she had drawn out of the tournament due to recovery from injury and surgery.

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Raducanu was making waves in the tennis world. The 21-year-old holds a single WTA tour-level title at the US Open. She became the first singles qualifier to win the title in the Open Era.

Just while she was creating a name for herself in the sport, she was plagued with injury. The former US Open champion was set to get on the operating table to get surgery on her wrists and ankle. While she has often been spotted training for her return, she has still not been able to achieve the goal.

The 21-year-old Briton had previously hoped that she would be able to play at the exhibition event at the Macau Tennis Masters. However, her goals were pushed back by a few days following her lack of physical fitness to do the same. She has not played on the tour since April 2023 on account of surgery and recovery.

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Emma Raducanu will be receiving a protected ranking for the 2024 Australian Open

The Brit has not been seen on the tour since April 2023. While she has been out due to injury, she might have the possibility of getting a protected ranking. The protected ranking is offered to players upon direct approval from the CEO of the WTA if they are out due to injury for a minimum duration of six months.

Emma Raducanu
Emma Raducanu(Image via The Telegraph)

Raducanu has been out of the tour for nearly eight months. This makes her eligible to use a protected ranking. However, ranked 289 in the World, she will not be able to take part in the qualifier of the Australian Open. This leaves only the protected rankings or wildcard entry as the only options for her to qualify for the main draw.

The Brit will be able to use a protected ranking of World No. 83 from the Stuttgart Open, where she played her last tour-level event. This rank will enable her to enter the main draw.

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