Emma Raducanu is about to jump Rothesay International Eastbourne

Emma Raducanu is about to jump Rothesay International Eastbourne

Emma Raducanu is anticipated to skip the Rothesay International Eastbourne, but she has until 4 p.m. on Friday to decide.

Raducanu was forced to retire after only seven games, sparking rumours that she may enter the Devonshire Park event to acquire some grass time before her Wimbledon return.

The British No. 1’s Wimbledon preparations were hampered last week when she suffered a side injury in Nottingham and was forced to withdraw from her first-round match against Viktorija Golubic.

However, the US Open champion has yet to request a wildcard to enter the Rothesay International Eastbourne, which gets under way on June 20, and could head to the All England Club with limited time on grass.

It was at last year’s Wimbledon where Raducanu burst onto the scene with victories over Vitalia Diatchenko, Marketa Vondrousova and Sorana Cirstea to become the youngest British women to reach the last 16 of the tournament in the Open Era.

The injury sustained at Nottingham was the latest in a string of fitness concerns for the 19-year-old, who has struggled to adapt to life on the WTA Tour since her remarkable Grand Slam win back in September.

After her exploits in London, the teenager managed to produce one of the biggest shocks in sporting history with success at the US Open after initially coming through qualifying.

Raducanu has not had such a big impact at the Grand Slams this year with second round appearances at the Australian Open and Roland Garros but expectation was high ahead of her Wimbledon return.

If the teenager does decide to miss the Rothesay International Eastbourne, it will mean she has only had 35 minutes of match time on grass before going into the third major of 2022. World No 11 Raducanu has until 4pm on Friday to make a decision, with a wildcard on the table if she feels sufficiently recovered from her side injury.

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