"Form is temporary but class is permanent" believes Tim Henman on Emma Raducanu as he sets former US Open champion 2024 target

Emma Raducanu should set a target of playing at least 20 tournaments in 2024 admits fellow former British No.1, Tim Henman as she continues her comeback to the sport.

Raducanu so far has looked good in Auckland and Abu Dhabi and was only halted by sickness during the Australian Open falling to Yafan Wang. She has remained fairly injury free and Henman sees match practice and even playing at a lower level as a good route for the Brit.

"If she feels she wants to try and get more matches, then absolutely [it is a good idea],’ Henman told Metro.co.uk.
"The number one priority on my wishlist for Raducanu is for her to be able to compete in whatever tournament it is, without any of the physical setbacks. If she can avoid those injuries which break up the momentum and build up some physical resilience, that’s the most important thing.
"Form is temporary but class is permanent. She is such a good player. You could see in the first two tournaments this year, her level was very, very impressive.
"That’s having not played for nine months. If she can build up some matches, good things will follow.
"If she can play 20 tournaments without any injury setbacks, I think that would be fantastic. She’s too good for the wins not to come. I do believe her level is that good. It’s much more about the process and less about the outcome.
"She’s still massively inexperienced. If you do a number count of the matches she has played on the main tour, it is still so little.
"She’s got to build up physical resilience and the experience of being on tour. Then she will be able to do herself justice. Post-US Open, she was still trying to build up her physicality at tournaments, which is hard to do."

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