More practice, fewer matches: the logic to Raducanu’s French Open withdrawal

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Former US Open champion has decided against pursuing qualification for Roland Garros with the priority protecting her long-term fitness

For a few fleeting moments at the beginning of the clay court season, Emma Raducanu provided a firm reminder of the talent at her grasp. As Great Britain upset France on their own favoured surface, Raducanu played a starring role with two strong wins. Even more impressive than the victories was the level she exhibited throughout, which was some of the best tennis she has played. Two and a half years on from her US Open triumph, this was meaningful progress to build on.

After her opening win there over Caroline Garcia, a former world No 4, Raducanu made an interesting statement. Asked a standard question about the impact of the win on her confidence, she asserted that her belief was built on the practice court, not in matches. Dedicating significant time to training remained a priority.

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Written by Tumaini Carayol in Paris
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