Emma Raducanu’s early 2023 nightmare continues as she is forced out of the Austin Open with TONSILITE…
- Emma Raducanu was forced to withdraw from the ATX Open in Austin
- The 20-year-old Brit has revealed she is suffering from tonsillitis
- The latest setback comes after Raducanu recovered from an ankle injury
Emma Raducanu withdrew from her last scheduled tournament with another illness, this time catching tonsillitis.
The former US Open champion would play this week’s ATX Open in Austin, Texas, in what would be her first event since losing to Coco Gauff in the second round of the Australian Open more than a month ago.
However, before the draw, she withdrew, meaning she will arrive in March, having only played in two tournaments so far this season.
“I regret having to withdraw from the ATX Open,” she said. ‘I am currently suffering from tonsillitis and unable to compete this week. Thanks to the tournament and the great hospitality here in Austin.’
According to her manager, she will stay there to recover from her illness and then head to Indian Wells, California, and then to Miami.
Emma Raducanu was forced to withdraw from the ATX Open in Austin with illness
The 20-year-old revealed that she suffers from tonsillitis and is unable to compete
Raducanu suffered an injury-challenged start to the season as she was forced to retire from the ASB Classic last month.
Raducanu attended a Vogue/Tiffany party last weekend before heading to Texas early to get ready, having spent most of the month training and practicing at the National Tennis Center in Roehampton.
This is yet another blow for the 20-year-old, whose stated aim this season is to stay in shape and give herself a chance to compete consistently. Her lack of physical robustness continues to be an issue as she struggles to improve from her current rating of 81.
So far this year she has only managed to play the ASB Classic in Auckland, which saw another retirement when she injured her ankle in the second round. She competed well against seventh seeded Gauff in the first Grand Slam of the season in Melbourne, but fell 6-3 7-6.
Cam Norrie is set to play in his second consecutive final against US Open champion Carlos Alcaraz tonight when they meet at the Rio Open in Brazil. Norrie defeated Spaniard Bernabe Zapata Miralles 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 on Saturday night.