Former US Open Champion Emma Raducanu Withdraws From French Open Qualifying

The 2021 US Open champion did not automatically qualify for a place in the clay-court Major in Paris due to her ranking.
Emma Raducanu

Emma Raducanu during a practice session

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Britain's Emma Raducanu will not compete in qualifying for the French Open, which is set to take place from Monday.
The 21-year-old has decided to withdraw from the event after missing out on a wildcard, but it is thought to be a strategic choice rather than an injury problem.
According to a Daily Express report, no official reason has yet been given by her management team for her withdrawal.
The 2021 US Open champion did not automatically qualify for a place in the clay-court Major in Paris due to her ranking. She is now 212th in the world, having previously been as high as 10th.
She was not awarded a wildcard for the clay-court Grand Slam.
The Briton remains third alternate for the main draw at Roland Garros. She could still enter the main draw without needing to qualify if three other players pull out of French Open.
Qualifying starts on Monday and the French Open begins on May 26. The decision not to be involved is a hint that Raducanu will spend extra time preparing for Wimbledon, her home Grand Slam, which begins on July 1.
Raducanu has not played since losing in the first round of the Madrid Open since April 24.
After her straight-set defeat by Argentine qualifier Maria Lourdes Carle, Raducanu confessed to being "mentally and emotionally exhausted".
As per The Telegraph report, Raducanu has been training on indoor and outdoor hard courts, rather than on the red clay, at the National Tennis Centre in the last few days to focus on English summer.
Wimbledon's grass courts will open next week, and it means that Raducanu is planning to undergo an extensive training schedule for her home Slam.
Raducanu didn't play on grass last year due to surgeries on her wrists and an ankle and it dropped her ranking to world No. 303. Her ranking will not improve as a result of skipping Roland Garros.
It's still not clear which tournament Raducanu will make her return at. She could potentially play at the ITF event in Surbiton which begins June 2.
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