'Why Are We Changing Balls Every Week?': Raducanu Joins Critics Of Frequent Changes

'Why Are We Changing Balls Every Week?': Raducanu Joins Critics Of Frequent Changes

by Nurein Ahmed

Emma Raducanu recently appeared in an episode of Warm & Fuzzy on Tennis Channel to discuss life on the WTA Tour and had a hilarious interaction with a magic tennis ball.

The former British No. 1 is currently out of action following double surgery on her wrists and ankle, and was due to play an exhibition in Macau during the close season but withdrew ahead of schedule. Raducanu is still working on her recovery routine as she plots to rejoin the tour early next year.

So far, no return date has been confirmed by the 2021 US Open champion or sources close to her. But recent reports from British press indicate she is unlikely to play in January when the season starts afresh, meaning she could miss the 2024 Australian Open.

Raducanu was invited on set where she chatted to Michael Kosta on multiple topics about her general life on tour. The 21-year-old was then given a chance to "ask" a magic tennis ball on any tennis-related issue.

"My question for the universe is why are we changing balls each week?" Raducanu asked. "Because you are good at tennis," Kosta would read out the answer which was hardly what the British star expected.

Raducanu was purely motivated to ask the question following controversy surrounding the frequent ball changes happening on tour. The ATP and WTA have been put on a blast on this issue with a slew of tennis players calling out the two bodies for instituting hazardous changes.

Canadian player Vasek Pospisil, painted the sad state of the locker room when he spoke about the dangers it has had on players who have grown increasingly frustrated with the toll it places on their bodies. Cases of players picking up shoulder, elbow, and wrist injuries have become rampant.

Despite concerted efforts by the players led by World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in scouring for a solution, their claims have fallen on deaf ears as the ATP remained tight-lipped on the matter.


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