Emma Raducanu Withdraws From French Open Qualifying

Lozo1016

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Britain's Emma Raducanu has withdrawn from this week's French Open qualifying.

The 21-year-old, who won the US Open title in 2021, remains third alternate for the main draw at Roland Garros but is not expected to play.

No reason has been given for her withdrawal.

Qualifying starts on Monday and the French Open begins on 26 May.

Raducanu was not awarded a wildcard for the clay-court Grand Slam.

She has not played since losing in the first round of the Madrid Open last month.

After her straight-set defeat by Argentine qualifier Maria Lourdes Carle, Raducanu said she was "mentally and emotionally exhausted".

She is ranked 212 in the world, having dropped to 303 following wrist and ankle operations last year.
 

ibbi

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Raducanu helped Britain beat France in the Billie Jean King Cup before reaching her first WTA quarter-final in 19 months at the Stuttgart Open last week as she continues her comeback from an injury-hit 2023 season.

"I would say the last few weeks have been a lot," Raducanu said.

“I think from the performance today it was very clear that mentally and emotionally I was exhausted.

"I was trying to push through and I was just unable to push through today. I guess the sport is just pretty brutal.

I get that she's young, but it's not like those younger than her have not basically had whole successful careers before they get to her age. I really think that US Open title has put a crown of expectation on her that is proving far too much for her to bear relative to her actual level. She was a qualifier for a reason, obviously.

Anyway, as long as she's okay physically she can hopefully get it together. If she's emotionally exhausted now wait till she gets back to this hell hole for grass season.
 

jl809

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Things would have been normal had Leylah not choked the final.
She didn’t choke the final at all. Raducanu just had a ridiculous tournament in terms of return games which she’s predictably never been able to repeat

Raducanu had break points in 6 of 9 of Fernandez’s service games (18 BPs overall in just 2 sets) and overall in the tournament had BPs in 39 out 57 of her opponents’ service games. I know her draw was comparatively easy but she basically throttled the crap out of her opponents without letting up
 

A_Instead

Legend
Hmm.. I suppose she realized that she couldn't beat IGA anyway on clay so now she can focus on grass... Still will be hard to beat IGA on grass..
Same for this summers hard court season as well..
 

SeeItHitIt

Professional
Unfortunate. I enjoy watching her (game). Beyond that? it would appear that maybe having millions of dollars thrown one’s way for years on end effects a certain portion of the brain. Madison Keys suffers the same issue.
 

ND-13

Legend
She didn’t choke the final at all. Raducanu just had a ridiculous tournament in terms of return games which she’s predictably never been able to repeat

Raducanu had break points in 6 of 9 of Fernandez’s service games (18 BPs overall in just 2 sets) and overall in the tournament had BPs in 39 out 57 of her opponents’ service games. I know her draw was comparatively easy but she basically throttled the crap out of her opponents without letting up

Compared to what Leylah faced , Emma was challenger level. Even overall depth sucked
 

Wander

Hall of Fame
Isn't she
Compared to what Leylah faced , Emma was challenger level. Even overall depth sucked
Now you're changing topics. The fact is Leylah was the worse player in the final and frankly wasn't near close enough to winning to call it a choke.

Maybe Leylah was tired, but simply put Emma took that match pretty easily.
 

ND-13

Legend
Isn't she

Now you're changing topics. The fact is Leylah was the worse player in the final and frankly wasn't near close enough to winning to call it a choke.

Maybe Leylah was tired, but simply put Emma took that match pretty easily.

It was incorrect wording on my part earlier . I meant Leylah should have played to her potential and it would have been hers and Raducanu could have been spared such attention.
 

D-Lite

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It was a bizarre clay season for her, she performed well for GB vs France then took Swiatek to 2 hours on clay in the Stuttgart QFs. Her slump in R1 of Madrid to Carlé was odd. She didn't retire, so was she injured? I know Carlé is Argentinian so probably decent on clay but I've never seen her play or even a photo of her. She said she was mentally and emotionally tired but she seems like a resilient person having gone through so many injuries and recent surgeries. Something has to be up if there's been no reason given. She wouldn't be phased by qualifying as she may come up against a dangerous player in form but she's handled Garcia, Kerber and Noskova on clay already this season and all of these will be in the main draw. The last time she played qualies at a major she won the USO '21.
I think she's scheduled to play in Nottingham in a few weeks but tallying that up it's a significant break between her last match and next tour match. The likelihood is she knows she has a better shot on grass than clay. A very good result could be QF at RG but most likely R3-R4 is doable with a good draw. On grass she has likely played on the surface a lot more growing up than many other players.
 

D-Lite

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So she's withdrawn in order to complete a training block before Wimbledon/USO. She likely feels she needs to get herself as fit as the likes of Swiatek/Sabalenka to have a chance of competing with them over 3 sets. Plenty of women's matched go over 3 hours nowadays and if you don't have the legs you will be squashed in your next match if you're fit enough to get through that one.
I see why it raises eyebrows but if you think of this as an investment it really can set you up for the next year of tournaments considering she will be able to have another training block later in the year/at the end of the season. Realistically R4 would have been a very good result on clay but she has far more of a chance at Wimbledon and the USO so let's wait and see if this pays off. I do find it odd that she played the start of the clay court season but if your mind is elsewhere and you are not confident in your fitness I approve of players making the call to cut into their season/call it a day early and lay the groundworks they badly need to be at the level they should be. Top 20 is undoubtedly an aim, top 10 is realistic by the end of 2025 if they plan smart now.
 

bitcoinoperated

Professional
Well she flew to California for some wine tasting in Napa Valley with her bf & friends after being completly exhausted in Madrid . Explains it all really. Players with actual passion for the game wouldn't fly to another continent in the middle of a jam-packed European schedule.

F'ing lmao if this is true. She is going to have a Laura Robson-esque career where she's decided she earns enough money on her looks and doesn't really play any tennis.
 

Grafil Injection

Hall of Fame
She needs to win consistently against 100-300 in the world in dodgy conditions, to earn her spurs properly, rather than just be a sports celebrity. I suppose her sponsors prefer her to stay at the higher level though.
 

ibbi

G.O.A.T.
Things would have been normal had Leylah not choked the final.
I dunno. Maybe we can blame all 10 of her opponents but you can’t just blame the last one! Before that New York run she made it to the third round at Wimbledon I think it was, she was playing on one of the show courts in primetime and she started hyperventilating.
 

RaulRamirez

Legend
I dunno. Maybe we can blame all 10 of her opponents but you can’t just blame the last one! Before that New York run she made it to the third round at Wimbledon I think it was, she was playing on one of the show courts in primetime and she started hyperventilating.
Emma won three matches and had to retire in the R of 16.
Per the other comment - not yours - Leylah didn't choke in the final. She was defeated by a clearly better player. That day, anyway.
 

coolcamden

Hall of Fame
Hmm.. I suppose she realized that she couldn't beat IGA anyway on clay so now she can focus on grass... Still will be hard to beat IGA on grass..
Same for this summers hard court season as well..
She ain’t beating Iga on clay, grass, hard court, moon dust, Mars red clay. Heck, she ain’t beating Iga EVER.
 

Terenigma

G.O.A.T.
The media need to stop treating her like everything she says is important or even relevant until she actually does something on court. Everyone is like oh she's still young she has time, nah. It's been clear for ages she is going to ride her one-time success for as long as she can or until her looks fade enough that the media doesn't want her anymore.
 

MeatTornado

Talk Tennis Guru
So she's withdrawn in order to complete a training block before Wimbledon/USO. She likely feels she needs to get herself as fit as the likes of Swiatek/Sabalenka to have a chance of competing with them over 3 sets. Plenty of women's matched go over 3 hours nowadays and if you don't have the legs you will be squashed in your next match if you're fit enough to get through that one.
I see why it raises eyebrows but if you think of this as an investment it really can set you up for the next year of tournaments considering she will be able to have another training block later in the year/at the end of the season. Realistically R4 would have been a very good result on clay but she has far more of a chance at Wimbledon and the USO so let's wait and see if this pays off. I do find it odd that she played the start of the clay court season but if your mind is elsewhere and you are not confident in your fitness I approve of players making the call to cut into their season/call it a day early and lay the groundworks they badly need to be at the level they should be. Top 20 is undoubtedly an aim, top 10 is realistic by the end of 2025 if they plan smart now.
If she faces off with a Swiatek or Sabalenka, the outcome will not be determined by who the more fit player is 3+ hours into the match. With how little Emma has played, she'd get dusted in an hour before fatigue could even set in because she's been lacking match practice for 3 years now.

If she needs to train so that her body will hold up to the rigors of the tour for the next 5 months, that's fine. But there's no way she's skipping the French in anticipation of some drag out physical battle with the world #1.
 

Tennisfan339

Professional
She should have retired after US Open 2021. What a beautiful story it'd be. A 18 years old qualified player wins her 10 matches without dropping more than 4 games per set. Then retires with her trophy and her $2.5M. With the sponsors, she'd have enough money and fame to live HEA.
 

Krish872007

Talk Tennis Guru
She's achieved very little (relatively speaking) in the last 2.5-3 years since that US Open victory, which is a bit of a shame. Right after the 2021 US Open she had a 10-1 record in Slams, 5-6 record since then with 6 second round losses and 1 first round loss. Hasn't made it past the round of 16 in any WTA 1000 event. Has made any other tour-level finals or (by extension) won any other tour-level titles
Going to give benefit of doubt and say that she's still young, has time to learn / improve conditioning, etc. But if this situation doesn't change in the next 3-4 years and she's still pulling these stunts while on tour, that won't be a good look. And that US Open win would then go down as the biggest fluke in history.
 
I suspect, coming back from several surgeries, that she is simply not fit enough yet. Here's to hoping she can get in a good training block and come back later this year. She threw in some nice matches earlier in 2024. She does clearly have talent. Will she ever find the "grit" to be a day in, day out tennis player? That is to be seen. At the moment, I'd say, "no."
 

tennis3

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Emma Raducanu Withdraws From French Open Qualifying​

Why doesn't she get "sponsors exemptions" into the main draw? She's making more in endorsements than any other female athlete in the world except for Eileen Gu

I had no idea Leylah Fernandez was making so much


 
Why doesn't she get "sponsors exemptions" into the main draw? She's making more in endorsements than any other female athlete in the world except for Eileen Gu

I had no idea Leylah Fernandez was making so much


Fernandez and Raducanu have both been dining out on that 2021 USO for years now. Unreal how much they are making in endorsement money, when neither one of them has done much of anything ever since.
 

MeatTornado

Talk Tennis Guru
A joke happened.
And when one remembers all the praise while in reality she got super lucky not to face any of the top players.
She still could've won it even if she faced the top seeds. There's a reason they got upset early.

If Barty lost to Shelby and then Emma dismantled her, why couldn't she also just beat Barty herself?

Bencic was playing as well as anyone that tournament (way better than Swiatek) and Raducanu was simply better in the QF.

The SF she got lucky though. Sakkari simply fell apart, Emma only had to keep the ball in play.

And this was still peak headcase Sabalenka era, so she may not have been any more challenging than Fernandez was in the final.
 

buscemi

Hall of Fame
She still could've won it even if she faced the top seeds. There's a reason they got upset early.

If Barty lost to Shelby and then Emma dismantled her, why couldn't she also just beat Barty herself?

Bencic was playing as well as anyone that tournament (way better than Swiatek) and Raducanu was simply better in the QF.

The SF she got lucky though. Sakkari simply fell apart, Emma only had to keep the ball in play.

And this was still peak headcase Sabalenka era, so she may not have been any more challenging than Fernandez was in the final.
OTOH, if Brady doesn't get injured, Raducanu very easily could have lost to her in the first round. Getting lucky loser Vögele instead of Brady, who made the SF at the 2020 U.S. Open & gave Osaka a tough match, was a big gift.
 

tennis3

Hall of Fame
Raducanu is the richest single run in sports history. Men or women. I can't think of a richer one event run (meaning someone that did nothing before their run and nothing after).
 
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