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Emma Raducanu is ready to play the first match in front of a UK crowd since US Open win as plans change

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This month US Open champion Emma Raducanu will play her first tournament back in the UK since last year’s Wimbledon where she made a surprising run to the fourth round

Emma Raducanu will make her most memorable grass-court appearance of the time at the Nottingham Open one month from now. The youthful tennis star was given a special case to play at the competition, which starts off on June sixth.

Last week the Brit crashed out of the continuous French Open in only the subsequent round and she is now getting to deal with the smooth low bobbing surface in the UK. The youngster was hampered to play her most memorable competition on home soil at the Rothesay Birmingham Classic however has selected to add a second pre-Wimbledon competition to her timetable.

The British number one said: “I’m eager to get back to Nottingham and it will be an extraordinary chance to play before British groups interestingly this year. This occasion will continuously be extraordinary to me as I played my most memorable competition on the WTA Tour here last June and I can hardly stand by to return.”

Raducanu will join a strong women’s field in Nottingham, which includes former Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin and world No 11 Jessica Pegula. Defending champion and world No 6 Ons Jabeur has been forced to withdraw with a knee injury after crashing out in the opening round of the French Open.

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The Bromley local played her very first WTA Tour event in Nottingham last year, losing to compatriot Harriet Dart in the first round. After an exciting run to the last 16 at the All-England Club in 2021, Raducanu will be keen to produce some solid performances before attempting to win the second grand slam title of her career in less than a month’s time.

Since her Wimbledon and US Open heroics, it has been difficult for the world number 12. She has battled for structure and experienced wounds, and confronted analysis from ex-masters. An extract from an article in The Telegraph article expressed: “Then there’s been the anticipated reaction, as pundits have arranged at whatever point she’s had the nerve to lose or change, or gain by her unexpected profile in a game where the typical retirement age is around 27.