Emma Raducanu at Wimbledon: is 2021 US Open champion playing at Wimbledon 2023? Injury update and ranking

The 2021 US Open champion will not be playing in SW19 tournament this year

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Emma Raducanu revealed that she would be missing the 2023 Wimbledon tournament back in May. The 2021 US Open champion announced she would be undergoing surgery on both her wrists and was therefore set to be out of action for some time.

Raducanu has since been seen posing for selfies with fans who were camping overnight near the All England Lawn Tennis Club hoping to get last minute tickets for the Championships as Novak Djokovic and Elena Rybakina begin their title defences. The former British number one was seen with fellow-injured tennis star Jack Draper who has been suffering froma shoulder injury.

The 20-year-old US Open star penned a handwritten note to her supporters a few weeks ago and uploaded it to Instagram, alongside an image of her in a hospital bed with her right arm heavily bandaged.

At the time, she confirmed she had been suffering with a “recurring injury on a bone of both hands” which needs a “small procedure” to resolve the issues.

As a result, Raducanu will out “for the next few months” and is also due to undergo surgery on her ankle. While this has meant she missed the French Open and now Wimbledon, it also suggests that her presence at the US Open in September is equally as uncertain.

Emma Raducanu and fellow injured-Brit Jack Draper (L) with fans ahead of Wimbledon 2023Emma Raducanu and fellow injured-Brit Jack Draper (L) with fans ahead of Wimbledon 2023
Emma Raducanu and fellow injured-Brit Jack Draper (L) with fans ahead of Wimbledon 2023

The 2021 US Open champion had come under scrutiny for her performances on the court as of late and injuries had hampered the majority of her 2022 season. In her letter, Raducanu admitted “the last 10 months have been difficult” as she has tried to play through the pain she was experiencing.

Her best result throughout the last 12 months saw her reach the Korea Open semi-final back in September. Unfortunately, she was forced to withdraw from her match against Jeļena Ostapenko due to a glute injury. In 2021, Raducanu reached the fourth round of her home Slam before going on to lift her first major trophy in New York a few weeks later.

“I’m disappointed to share that I will be out for the next few months,” the world number 85 wrote. “It pains me that I will miss the summer events and I tried to downplay the issues, so I thank all my fans who continued to support me when you did not know the facts. Looking forward to seeing you all back out there.”

When is Wimbledon 2023?

Wimbledon begins today, Monday 3 July, and will conclude with the Ladies’ singles final on Saturday 15 July and the Men’s singles final on Sunday 16 July. The BBC will have all the coverage with the programme starting from 9.30am each day of play.

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