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Emma Raducanu Looking ‘Super Fit’ Despite Latest Injury Blow, Says Keothavong

There are encouraging signs coming from the Brit heading into the off-season.

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Emma Raducanu reacts during a Women's Singles match at the 2021 US Open, Monday, Sep. 6, 2021 in Flushing, NY. (Darren Carroll/USTA)

There is an increased optimism that former US Open champion Emma Raducanu will be fit in time for the new season after her Billie Jean King Cup captain provided a new update on her health. 

 

The 19-year-old Brit was forced to cut her season short due to a wrist injury which has also prompted her to withdraw from the team competition which is taking place in Glasgow this year. Raducanu had planned to play events in Romania and Mexico before the injury occurred in what is the latest of a series of physical setbacks for her this season. She has also been hindered by blisters, a side strain, hip and back problems.

However, British team captain Anne Keothavong has told BBC Sport that the prognosis of Raducanu’s latest injury is positive. Although the tennis star doesn’t have enough time to fully recover to play at the Billie Jean King Cup. 

“Right now, from what I understand, it’s something she will recover from – and she’s confident of that,” Keothavong told BBC Sport.
“She just needs a bit more time and Billie Jean King Cup is too soon.
“Wrist injuries are never easy, but I think this one is under control. She’s got good people around her, and she’s used her time to really work on other areas of her fitness.”

As it currently stands the world No.76 is training alongside Jez Green who has a wealth of experience. Green was a physical conditioning and fitness trainer for Andy Murray between 2006-2015. He has also worked with Thomas Berdych, Alexander Zverev and the USTA. 

“She’s been putting the hours in – she’s looking super fit,” Keothavong later added.
“She’s been putting a lot of physical effort in the gym, and I think she will be a stronger player come next year.
“She did everything she could have done to be fit, but it just wasn’t going to happen.
“She went to the court and tried hitting a few balls, but it wasn’t ideal and she just needs more time.”

After being the first British woman in 44 years to win a major title at the 2021 US Open, Raducanu has found it tough going on the Tour. She has won 17 out of 35 matches played this season with her best tournament result being a run to the semi-finals of the Korean Open before retiring injured from her match against Jelena Ostapenko. She also reached the quarter-finals of the Citi Open in Washington and the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart.

Raducanu is scheduled to play an exhibition event in Abu Dhabi next month. 

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Caroline Garcia continues working with Juan Pablo Guzman for the 2023 season

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Caroline Garcia will continue working with Argentine coach Juan Pablo Guzman during the 2023 season. However, Guzman will not travel with the French player in every tournament. 

 

Garcia won the WTA Finals title in Fort Worth last November beating Maria Sakkari in the semifinal and Aryna Sabalenka in the final. The Lyon-based player moved up to world number 4 in the singles ranking. During her great season Garcia won the Cincinnati WTA 1000 title and lost to Ons Jabeur in the semifinals of the US Open. 

After a well-deserved holiday Garcia will continue her preparation in Dubai. She will play in an exhibition tournament there and will play against Roland Garros and US Open champion Iga Swiatek, 2021 Indian Wells champion Paula Badosa and 2022 Wimbledon winner Elena Rybakina. She will open her WTA season in Adelaide next January in the build-up to the Australian Open in Melbourne from 16 to 29 January 2023. 

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Rafael Nadal ‘Excited’ For Showdown With Alcaraz In Las Vegas 

‘The Slam: Nadal Vs. Alcaraz’ will take place in the lead-up to Indian Wells with a charity fundraising event also being held. 

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MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - APRIL 23: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates a point against Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain in the final on day eight of the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters at Monte-Carlo Sporting Club on April 23, 2017 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo via https://newsroom.mgmresorts.com)

The current top two players in men’s tennis will lock horns in Nevada next March after agreeing to take part in an exhibition match organized by MGM Rewards. 

 

Carlos Alcaraz and Rafael Nadal will play against each other at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 5th which will be hosted by MGM Resorts International. The 16,800-seat multi-purpose venue has also previously hosted a series of boxing matches, as well as this year’s Grammy Awards ceremony. 

The two Spanish tennis giants will also participate in a 90-minute individual VIP clinic before taking to the court. There will also be a ‘celebrity’ doubles match which will feature both of the Bryan brothers. One of the most successful double pairings in history who have won 16 Grand Slam titles together. 

“I’m very excited for my first visit to Las Vegas, one of the most iconic and entertaining cities in the world,” Nadal said in a press release. “I’ll be playing with my fellow countryman Carlos Alcaraz who’s had an amazing year. It should be a great night of tennis at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.”

19-year-old Alcaraz is the youngest player in ATP history to achieve the year-end No.1 ranking and is viewed as the successor to 22-time major winner Nadal. The duo have clashed three times on the Tour with Nadal winning two of those meetings. Although Alcaraz was triumphant the last time they clashed at the Madrid Masters. 

“I’m honored and so happy to be sharing the court with Rafa in Las Vegas. He’s an all-time great, of course, and his records and achievements speak for themselves. Rafa also is one of the nicest guys on Tour and I look forward to our match on March 5.” Said Alcaraz.

Immediately after their match on March 5th, THE SLAM Gala will be held at Rivea and Skyfall at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The fundraising event has been created to raise money for Nadal’s foundation, as well as the MGM Resorts Foundation and National Tennis Foundation. 

Tickets for Alcaraz’s match with Nadal will go on sale from December 9th and are priced at $75 upwards. 

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The Hopman Cup returns in 2023 in Nice

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The Hopman Cup will return in 2023 and will be held on clay court at the Lawn Tennis Club in Nice from 19th to 23rd July after Wimbledon. This tennis team tournament pairs one woman and one man from each participating country. 

 

This tournament was last staged in 2019 in Perth and had been hosted in Australia since its first edition in 1989. It was held at the beginning of the season before the Australian Open in January. 

Each match-up will feature one women’s singles match, one men’s singles match and one mixed doubles match. 

Six teams will take part at the Hopman Cup in 2023 and 2024, but the field will be expanded to eight in 2025. France will compete as a host team each year. “We are thrilled to partner with Tennium and that the Hopman Cup will return in 2023. We are already looking forward to visiting the beautiful city of Nice next July. The Hopman Cup, as a unique mixed team event, has always enjoyed a special place in the hearts of tennis fans. I am sure that spectators in Nice will relish the chance to see some of the world’s men and women players on the same court. I would like to thank our event partners, Tennium, for helping us reintroduce the Hopman Cup to the tennis calendar, and we look forward to working together over the coming months and years”, said ITF President David Heggerty.

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