Emma Raducanu returns to the court for the first time since wrist and ankle surgeries as the former US Open champion steps up her recovery with gentle hitting practice
- Emma Raducanu was forced to miss both the French Open and Wimbledon
- She had been undergoing rehab in recent weeks but returned to the court
- The 20-year-old went incognito on a public bus as she continues her comeback
Emma Raducanu has taken her first steps back onto the tennis court after a hiatus lasting more than three months due to wrist and ankle surgery.
The 2021 US Open champion posted pictures of herself hitting at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton with someone who has had even worse luck with injuries – a fellow former British number one, Kyle Edmund.
Raducanu’s last practice was on April 25 at the Madrid Open, after which she gave a very abrupt media interview which lasted less than a minute.
It turned out that she was at the end of the road with trying rehab on wrist problems, and she announced she was pulling out of the event the next day.
Subsequently she announced that she would undergo minor procedures on both her wrists as well as an ankle, which took place in the early part of May.
Emma Raducanu took to the court for the first time since undergoing multiple surgeries
The 2021 US Open champion posted a clip of her hitting practice to her fans on social media
Via Instagram on Wednesday she posted a video of herself hitting halfway up the court with Edmund using a soft Wilson ball that is oversized and usually used by beginners. ‘August2nd. The fun part. 1st time back on court,’ she posted.
Since undergoing surgery she has posted pictures of herself in places like Mexico, Paris and Greece and only recently has shared images of herself being back in the gym.
Raducanu is currently looking for yet another coach after splitting with German Sebastian Sachs.
Her agent, Max Eisenbud, recently gave an interview in which he starkly admitted that she would likely keep going through coaches at a similar rate to which she has done her whole career.
Raducanu has been rehabilitating in recent weeks after undergoing multiple surgeries
The 2021 US Open champion (right) most recently stopped working with Sebastian Sachs
She has been urged by the likes of Tim Henman to try and build a more settled support group around her. If all goes to plan she hopes to be back competing by the end of the season, although may await for off-season exhibitions before coming back. This month will see her ranking drop below 150.
One-time world number fourteen Edmund has effectively missed more than two years through repeated knee problems, and just when he was getting over that suffered a wrist strain in the Spring which kept him out of the grass court season.
He hopes to be back playing sometime after the US Open.. They could have plenty to discuss.
Another one of Britain’s best players, Jack Draper, is another who missed the grass season but he intends to return to action the week after next at a Challenger event in Winnipeg, Canada.