Emma Raducanu told to make 'better decisions' by British commentator amid wildcard washout being likely

Wednesday, 01 May 2024 at 21:00
Emma Raducanu has outlined her upcoming tournaments following her first-round exit from the Madrid Open, and she will be competing in the WTA 500 Internationaux de Strasbourg before the French Open. The British player will not be participating in the Rome Open, scheduled for May 7th, but will instead be in Strasbourg from May 18th to 25th.
Subsequently, Roland Garros begins on May 26th, although Raducanu does not have guaranteed entry into the main draw despite her protected ranking of No. 103. However, she is currently 5th on the alternate list and could hope for last-minute injuries or withdrawals to secure a spot in the main draw.
Commentator and former tennis player Colin Fleming recently remarked that Raducanu needs to carefully manage her schedule, considering her promising performance and with the grass season approaching: “Emma and her team need to have an open conversation [about next plans]. It's been a largely positive start to the season," Colin Fleming said.
“How do you schedule the next few weeks to make sure you do better? Is it to skip Rome and go for Roland Garros qualifying? Is it to skip the rest of the clay season and be ready for the grass?” he said.  "She doesn't want to play and put in more performances like that, because then it becomes a bit of a habit. She needs to wipe the slate clean and make better decisions.
"I'd love to see her go to Roland Garros and play, even if it's qualifying. It would be three weeks from now without Rome, and if she's fit and healthy, of course she can qualify. Once you're in the main draw, who knows what can happen."
On the other hand, Anne Keothavong expressed her concerns about Raducanu spending too many weeks without playing, although she mentioned that the 2021 US Open champion feels more confident as she spends more time training: "She has said and proven she gets confidence from the hours she puts in on the practice court."
Raducanu (No. 221) lost at first round of Madrid Open against Maria Lourdes Carle (No. 82) by 2-6, 2-6
"With Rome, I don't know what the wildcard situation is there, but maybe in hindsight, it would have been better to take this week off. Should she have used the wildcard in Madrid?" Keothavong said. "It's a number of weeks between now and the first grass-court event. That's a long training block and she's already had eight months off on the sidelines.
Raducanu kicked off the clay swing by leading Great Britain to victory over France in the Billie Jean King Cup series. The former world No. 10 defeated Caroline Garcia and Diane Parry, playing a crucial role in the British triumph. Additionally, she secured a couple of impressive victories at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix against local favorite Angelique Kerber and teenage sensation Linda Noskova before falling to Iga Swiatek in the quarterfinals.

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