Raducanu Has 'Door Open' To Auckland Despite 2023 Fiasco According To Tournament Director

Raducanu Has 'Door Open' To Auckland Despite 2023 Fiasco According To Tournament Director

by Sebastian Dahlman

Emma Raducanu will come back in 2024, and there is a chance she will play in Auckland despite injuring herself at the WTA 250 event last year.

Emma Raducanu played at the ASB Classic last year, and she played well. However, she didn't play much because a slip on the court injured her ankle, causing her to retire from her match. It was very frustrating for the Brit who demonized the courts after the accident, blaming them for the injury.

The ankle injury was one of many she had last year and is partly why she missed much of this year. Triple surgery is the main reason, though one of the ankles was operated on during that time. She's back to practicing as of recently but confirmed that no return will happen until 2024.

We don't know where it will happen. Still, ASB Classic Tournament Director Nicolas Lamperin confirmed in a recent interview with Stuff that Raducanu has the door open to returning to the event, despite the previous incident.

There have been some, but it’s too early to say, because we still don’t have a set return date. The door is open if she wants to come, but we have had to go after other players, with whom we have more certainty. It’s not off the table, but we’d need more time, because we still don’t know when she’s coming back.

Lamperin on Raducanu coming back

It's a fairly popular event and quite possibly the return destination for Naomi Osaka as well. Lamperin talked about that as well but didn't want to reveal too much.

Either way, it's going to be an interesting Australian Summer with the return of Raducanu who hasn't played since early 2023. There is a lot of catching up and according to reports, the Brit is very eager so let's see.


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