In breaking news, British No 1 Emma Raducanu stunned the tennis world by announcing on Wednesday that she is undergoing surgery on her wrists and ankle, and therefore will be out of action at both the French Open and Wimbledon.
Look forward to seeing you all back out there. Emma Raducanu
Raducanu posted a photo of herself lying in a hospital bed with her right, racket-playing, hand in bandages.
The 20-year old has been hampered by a series of injuries since her stunning 2021 US Open victory.
“It is safe to say the last 10 months have been difficult as I dealt with a recurring injury on a bone of both hands,” Raducanu wrote on Instagram alongside a picture after her surgery.
“I tried my best to manage the pain and play through it for most of this year and end of last year by reducing practice load dramatically, missing weeks of training as well as cutting last season short to try heal it.
“Unfortunately it’s not enough. I’m having a minor procedure done on both hands to resolve the issues.
“I’m disappointed to share that I will be out for the next few months and while I am at it will have another minor procedure that is due on my ankle.
“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.
“Look forward to seeing you all back out there.”
The wrist injury brought her 2022 season to an early close, and the problem has since flared up at various times over the course of this year, including last week when she withdrew from the Madrid Open just hours before she was scheduled to play her 1st-round match.
It will take ‘the next few months’ for Raducanu to recover from the surgeries, while her withdrawal from Madrid will likely see her fall outside the Top 100 in the WTA rankings for the first time since her stunning break-through in New York.
She also lost in the opening rounds of Miami and Stuttgart, and was beaten in straight sets by Coco Gauff in the 2nd-round of the Australian Open.
The British No 1 confirmed that she has undergone surgical procedures on both wrists, and has one due on her ankle, leaving her unable to compete at either Roland Garros later this month or at The Championships in early July at Wimbledon.