Emma Raducanu confirms pre-Wimbledon plans by adding UK event to schedule

Emma Raducanu will be warming up for Wimbledon this year on British shores after confirming she will play the Rothesay Classic in Birmingham.

Raducanu hasn’t played in front of a British audience since Wimbledon last year, where she impressed but also struggled mentally to handle the pressure.

It will be her first UK appearance since becoming the first person in history to win a Grand Slam as a qualifier at the US Open last year.

“I look forward to playing in Great Britain again and am delighted to be taking part in the Rothesay Classic in Birmingham for the 40th year of this tremendous showcase for women’s tennis,” said Raducanu.

“It will be great to be back on the grass at home, where the support from the British fans was so fantastic.”

Tournament Director Patrick Hughesman was also understandably delighted to have Raducanu on the entry list.

“As the current US Open champion, world number 11 and UK number 1, Emma’s appearance at the Rothesay Classic is fantastic news,” said Hughesman.

“She is one of the most exciting young players in women’s football at the moment and she will obviously create quite a stir in the home crowd as she steps out onto the pristine grass of our Ann Jones Center Court.

“It’s a great opportunity for anyone who enjoys watching world-class sport up close to experience the thrill of such top athletes like Emma competing in Birmingham.”

Raducanu is currently playing at the Italian Open, where she faces a tough opening match against former US Open champion Bianca Andreescu.

After that, she will travel to Paris to play Roland Garros for the first time before focusing on the grass season.

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