Emma Raducanu, the 2021 US Open Champion, has announced on social media that she will be out of action for “a few months” as she recovers from minor surgical procedures on her ankle and both hands. Raducanu has been trying to manage a “recurring injury on the bone of both hands” since last year, reducing her practice load and missing weeks of training in an attempt to heal. As a result of her injuries, she was forced to withdraw from the Mutua Madrid Open this week and missed events earlier in the year due to an ankle injury, tonsillitis, and a wrist injury.
Raducanu acknowledged that the last 10 months have been difficult as she tried to play through the pain, but ultimately it was not enough. She thanked her fans for their support and also stated that she had tried to downplay the issues. Despite missing various upcoming summer events, Raducanu remains optimistic about the future, saying that she’s looking forward to seeing fans back out there.
Raducanu’s announcement has halted her season and shines a light on the physical demands of the tennis world. This ordeal highlights the importance of recovery and rehabilitation for professional athletes, especially in a sport like tennis with its high-impact nature. Raducanu’s fans will no doubt be eagerly awaiting her return to the court, but in the meantime, the young player will be focused on her recovery and rehabilitation, ensuring her future success in the sport.