Emma Raducanu took to the practice court this week at the National Tennis Centre, but is playing left-handed!
Of course, I took out the 911 for some laps... Emma Raducanu
Videos have been posted on social media of the 20-year old right-hander’s first on-court training session since a wrist injury kept her in the gym working on her strength and stamina for several weeks with Andy Murray’s former fitness coach Jez Green.
She ended her season 7 weeks ago after withdrawing from the Billie Jean King Cup Finals in Glasgow with the injury, and is scheduled to play next at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship with Ons Jabeur on 16 December in Abu Dhabi.
She recently announced that she would begin her 2023 season in Auckland, at the ASB Classic.
Following her surprise run to the title at the 2021 US Open, Raducanu endured a tough season during which she experienced a number of injuries, and ended the year ranked No 75.
It was her first full year on tour, and she is aiming to ‘complete more of the year’ next season while ‘staying as injury-free as possible’.
“A really good physical foundation will hold me in good stead,” Raducanu said recently.
The expectation is that Raducanu will be fully ready for the start of the 2023 season after the British No posted the video on Instagram with the word ‘tnnsssss!!!!’ as she hit balls left-handed with some skill.
Playing with her left hand allows Raducanu to practise her footwork and movement on court, and she certainly looks to be a decent tennis player with her weak hand.
It is unlikely, though, that she will risk playing in Abu Dhabi if her wrist has not healed fully.
Meanwhile, Raducanu continues to search for her 5th tennis mentor in just 16 months after the departure of her last coach, Dmitry Tursunov, in October.