Emma Raducanu opted against playing in the first edition of the newly formed United Cup with a commitment to play in Auckland instead.
Raducanu is not interested in team play to begin the following year because she wants to start her Australian summer with a strong showing in singles. She attempted to accomplish it last year but was unsuccessful, so she will be extremely motivated this time around.
She joins a field that includes Coco Guaff, Sloane Stephens, Leylah Fernandez, and others in the ASB Classic, having opted to forego the United Cup. From January 1 through January 8, Raducanu will be battling it out in New Zealand. The announcement was accompanied by a statement from Raducanu.
"I'm really looking forward to coming to New Zealand. I've heard so many good things about the tournament. It is a great way to start off the Australian Open swing. I have heard that the tournament in New Zealand is great for players and fans."
"New Zealand is known for its beautiful landscape and nature,
so I hope I can get to explore some of the other beautiful parts whilst
in my time there" said the 20-year old.
"My goals for 2023 are to again gain more experience on the Tour. It was only my first full year in 2022 and to complete more of the year and remain injury-free as much as possible - that's my biggest goal. A really good physical foundation will hold me in good stead for the future," added Raducanu.