Emma Raducanu has brought her grass season forward after suffering an early exit at the French Open. The world No 12 has taken a wildcard into next week’s Rothesay Open in Nottingham alongside fellow Brit Dan Evans to begin her preparations for her return to Wimbledon.
Raducanu will officially begin the British grass court season in Nottingham next week as she returns to official competition on home soil for the first time since becoming a Grand Slam champion at the US Open. She was set to start her pre-Wimbledon preparations a week later in Birmingham but has brought her return to the grass forward after losing in the second round of the French Open.
The 19-year-old made her WTA Tour debut in Nottingham as a wildcard last year, losing to comptriot Harriet Dart in straight sets, but 12 months later returns as the US Open champion knocking on the door of the world’s top 10. “I’m excited to return to Nottingham and it will be a great opportunity to play in front of British crowds for the first time this year,” the Bromley teenager said after accepting the wildcard.
“This event will always be special to me as I played my first tournament on the WTA Tour here last June and I can’t wait to go back.” She has also been joined by Dan Evans, who took a wildcard into the ATP Challenger tournament being held alongside the WTA 250.
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