Emma Raducanu has begun rehabilitation following her 3 surgeries, and has been keeping her fans posted on social media.
My nan - Niculina Raducanu - would definitely prefer me to go to Cambridge. I haven’t applied for anything. Cambridge for me, I don’t have to do it now. I can always go back to my education and it’s something I want to do because there’s more to life than tennis. It’s something I want to be going back to later on. Currently I will just learn but in other ways, not necessarily through a system. Emma Raducanu
The 20-year old from Bromley had procedures done on her wrists and left ankle to address on-going issues that she has been suffering from over the past months.
In fact, the British No 1 had been hampered by injuries ever since her maiden Grand Slam triumph at the US Open in 2021, and was playing through pain, which did not improve despite rest periods, since last year.
Raducanu shared a video of herself gently flexing her wrist while starting the rehab process in a hospital ward, as she attempted a smile.
As a result of the surgeries, the Briton will miss out on the upcoming French Open and Wimbledon.
Earlier, she posted an image of herself ‘looking like a mummy’ after undergoing the third operation.
She has had 5 different coaches, having parted ways with Andrew Richardson after winning the US Open, who recently spoke publicly about their split for the first time.
“The fact of the matter is that I had a nine-week trial contract that both Emma and I thought was a good idea to see how we would get on, and it ran through to the end of the US Open, stopping immediately afterwards,” he told the Daily Mail. “There was a period of time after that when I was keen to re-negotiate the contract.
“I wanted to carry on, and I had a plan that I wanted to put in place for Emma. This thing about ‘I wanted to go off and coach my son’ is not true, but it seems to come up all the time.
“After probably ten days to two weeks [following the Open] I didn’t have a contract. We were in the process of re-negotiating and then I got a brief call from her agent telling me they were going to go in a different direction, and that was the end of it.”
After being guided by Jeremy Bates in Indian Wells that year, she hired Torben Beltz as a full-time coach but split with the German in less than 5 months, while current coach Sebastian Sachs arrived on trial in Raducanu’s team late last year after Russian Dmitry Tursunov’s contract was not extended.
Raducanu’s fairytale run in New York led to the teenager assuming the status of a British sporting icon and a number of luxury brand endorsements.
After winning the US Open as a qualifier and doing so without dropping a set, she was expected to emerge as a major force on the women’s tour but has been hampered by injuries and illness.
At the time she also aced her A levels, which led to questions over where she might study next, and how she would balance further education with her sporting career.
Having previously said she hoped to study Economics at university after sitting her exams at Newstead Wood School in London, achieving an A* in both Maths and an A in Economics, Raducanu reportedly was offered a place at Cambridge University.
The university, though, declined to comment on the reports but Raducanu has not ruled out further education reportedly saying: “My nan – Niculina Raducanu – would definitely prefer me to go to Cambridge. I haven’t applied for anything. Cambridge for me, I don’t have to do it now.
“I can always go back to my education and it’s something I want to do because there’s more to life than tennis. It’s something I want to be going back to later on.
“Currently I will just learn but in other ways, not necessarily through a system.”
With ‘a few months’ on the sidelines, pundits are now speculating on how the break from the sport could affect her progress.
Certainly, Raducanu is learning a lot about life both on and off the court these days.