Emma Raducanu will go to the Australian Open despite an ankle injury in Auckland… with her team hoping she only suffered a minor sprain and can make it to the first Grand Slam of the year.
Emma Raducanu is heading to Melbourne in the hope that the ankle injury she suffered on Thursday may not rule her out of the Australian Open.
The British No 1 left the court in tears after exiting the ASB Classic in Auckland when he slipped after turning behind the baseline.
He then criticized what he saw as a slippery indoor court surface – used because of the heavy rain outside – suggesting that such a disaster was likely to occur in those conditions.
Emma Raducanu will head to the Australian Open despite suffering an ankle injury on Thursday
While there has been no official update, word this morning from his representatives is that the best case scenario means it’s only a grade one sprain.
If that’s the case, there’s still a fair chance he’ll make it to the starting line for the first Grand Slam of the season which starts a week on Monday.
She certainly hasn’t decided to return to the UK, but initial thoughts that she might enter the WTA event in Adelaide this coming week are completely out of the question.
But the British No 1 hopes he can recover in time for the first Grand Slam of the season
Raducanu received attention from the trainer, but retired at the start of the third set at the ASB Classic
Meanwhile the director of the tournament in Auckland, Nicolas Lamperin, responded to his complaints by pointing out that it was the role of the WTA Supervisor to deem the courts fit for the game.
“We’re obviously very sorry about Emma’s injury,” Lamperin told New Zealand media. “Because every player works really hard in the off season, that’s not what you expect when you play a tournament in the first week.
‘However, injuries happen all the time and they could have happened on outdoor courts as well. We regret the situation but we also say that these courts are fit to play.
‘First of all, I want to make sure he’s okay. I understand the frustration. It was ten days before the Australian Open. He’s coming off a season with a lot of injuries, so of course it’s something that creates frustration.’