Emma Raducanu is ready for her comeback as she kicks off her grass-court season at the Nottingham Open. The young tennis star, who hasn’t played since falling in the first round of the Madrid Open in April, skipped the French Open in order to concentrate on her fitness.

After undergoing ankle and wrist surgery a year ago, she is now lined up to face Ena Shibahara of Japan in the Nottingham first round. She declared: “Body-wise, physical-wise, I feel really healthy. I feel really strong.” 

“I’ve done amazing work with my trainer over the last few months, since surgery. I’m in a really fit place. I think my wrists are actually in a better position than they ever were.” she added. 

On her recovery journey 

In May last year, Raducanu underwent surgery on her ankle and right wrist. Her left wrist underwent additional surgery after that. She acknowledged that she had to rest; in order to get around, she had to use a mobility scooter. 

With her recovery, Raducanu said: “I think it’s very easy for me to lose sight of where I was exactly a year ago … You get so caught up in your own world that you want more and more and more. But a year ago I was on a scooter scooting around and I didn’t know – there was an element of doubt… To be healthy and to be here, I need to cherish it.”


Source: BBC

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