Emma Raducanu delivers update and shows off work in gym after skipping French Open to focus on Wimbledon

Emma Raducanu

Emma Raducanu is hoping to play at Wimbledon this year

Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 28/05/2024

- 12:04

The 21-year-old is hoping to play in London this summer

Emma Raducanu has taken to social media to show herself hitting balls and working in the gym as she looks to play at Wimbledon this summer.

The 21-year-old has battled injury issues ever since her remarkable US Open triumph back in 2021.

Raducanu recently opted to skip the French Open, with the tennis star aiming to work on her fitness.

And she's now provided an update to her fans on Instagram.

Raducanu posted a video showing herself hitting balls and moving freely on a grass court.

In the clip, the Briton is also seen working hard in the gym - lifting weights and using a medicine ball.

Raducanu seems to be making good progress and the footage will boost hopes of seeing her at Wimbledon this summer.

Fans have reacted to the upload, with one user saying: "You look so comfortable on the tennis court and your application to fitness is brilliant.

"Enjoy the coming season, I know you can do anything you put your mind to Emma, keep smiling."

A second said: "Keep going Emma."

A third said: "Looking awesome Emma."

And a fourth stated: "Go Emma don't give up. Always support you."

Even High School Musical icon Vanessa Hudgens commented.

Raducanu chose to accompany the footage with 21 Savage's Redrum.

And Hudgens said: "Love this song and yooou."

Meanwhile, some have scrutinised Raducanu and her decision to skip the French Open given her lack of match sharpness.

Yet former tennis star Barbara Schett, speaking to the Daily Express, believes she's made the right call.

"I think because she didn’t get a wildcard for the main draw it would’ve made that decision a little bit easier for her," she told the newspaper.

“She loves playing on grass. She always had interesting decisions.


Emma Raducanu

Emma Raducanu has been working hard in the gym ahead of Wimbledon after skipping the French Open


"She has a different view on things a lot of the time but whatever works for her."

She added: “I think the grass court season is an important season for her.

"Obviously she’s going to play all the tournaments in Britain and Wimbledon is a highlight for her, that’s where she wants to play her best.

“And she always is a big believer that she gets her confidence in practice and she said 'yeah I want to do this long practice block now for three weeks and then be full of confidence'.”

Schett does think Raducanu would benefit from playing in some lower-tier competitions, however, as the 2021 US Open champion looks to rediscover her best form.

French Open

Emma Raducanu opted to skip the French Open to work on her fitness with the Briton hoping to play at Wimbledon


“I think that sometimes it would be good for her, if you look at her schedule this year she played all the big events, she got wildcards," continued the Austrian.

"Maybe it’s good to play a little bit of a smaller event to get those matches in.

“Because practice is important, when you’re fit and everything it gives you a lot of confidence.

"But at the end of the day you need to play matches, that’s where you get confidence as well.

"It’s her decision, obviously she knows what’s best for her and her team and we’ll see how she goes on the grass.”

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