Emma Raducanu suffers French Open blow with Briton denied wildcard

Emma Raducanu of Great Britain practices during the Mutua Madrid Open
Emma Raducanu looks set for French Open qualifying (Picture: Getty)

British tennis star Emma Raducanu has been denied a wildcard for the French Open and must progress through qualifying to reach the main draw in Paris.

The one-time Grand Slam champion dropped a major hint over her plans when she pulled out of next week’s WTA 500 event in Strasbourg.

The tournament is taking place at the same time as French Open qualifying and it looks like Raducanu will now take part in the latter as she looks to compete at Roland-Garros, with the second Grand Slam of the year starting on May 26.

Raducanu, who is looking to return to the top of women’s tennis after recovering from huge injury problems, has not played since a disappointing first-round exit in Madrid last month, in which she was slammed by pundits and ridiculed online.

The 21-year-old has a protected ranking of No.103 but that was too low to book a place in the French Open main draw – but if four players withdraw – Raducanu will not need to qualify, as her protected ranking would then be enough for a spot.

Andy Murray not anticipating long stay in Paris

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Andy Murray is making his return from injury in Bordeaux this week (Picture: Getty)

In other tennis news, Andy Murray has indicated he is not expecting a long stay in Paris after signing up to play the Surbiton Trophy, which clashes with the second week of the French Open.

Murray is making his return from a horror ankle injury sustained in Miami and is playing at this week’s ATP Challenger Tour event in Bordeaux.

There is huge speculation over when the 36-year-old will retire from tennis and it is thought that he may finally hang up his racket after the Olympics this summer.

Novak Djokovic to ‘say goodbye to tennis’

Novak Djokovic reacts during his match against France's Corentin Moutet in Rome
Novak Djokovic could be set to retire from tennis later this year (Picture: Getty)

Andy Murray’s ex-coach Mark Petchey has tipped Novak Djokovic to bid farewell to tennis later this year.

The ‘Big Four’ era is well and truly coming to an end, with Roger Federer having already retired while Rafael Nadal and Murray look set to finish playing in 2024.

Speaking about Djokovic, Petchey said: ‘Anyone else getting a Paris Olympics massive push for the one thing Novak doesn’t have and then Au Revoir to tennis?

‘Starting to get Sampras 2002 vibes. Still have him in the favourite category for [Roland-Garros] and Wimbledon but to be this great for so long takes incredible sacrifice.’

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