Emma Raducanu to play at Rothesay Open Nottingham next week

Emma Raducanu set to play in England for the first time since her US Open win next week as 19-year-old starts her Wimbledon build-up by entering the Rothesay Open Nottingham

  • US Open champion Raducanu has been handed wildcard to Nottingham event
  • It will be her first competitive appearance in England since Grand Slam victory
  • 19-year-old can begin grass court season early after exiting the French Open 

Emma Raducanu will make her first competitive appearance in England since her US Open triumph at Nottingham next week.

The 19-year-old’s second-round exit from the French Open means she will start her grass-court campaign a week earlier than initially intended.

Raducanu and fellow Briton Dan Evans have been given wildcards for the Rothesay Open Nottingham, which gets under way next Monday.

Emma Raducanu will play a competitive match in England for the first time since winning the US Open last year when she begins her grass court season in Nottingham next week

Raducanu said: ‘I’m excited to return to Nottingham and it will be a great opportunity to play in front of British crowds for the first time this year.

‘This event will always be special to me as I played my first tournament on the WTA Tour here last June and I can’t wait to go back.’

British No 2 Evans will join the likes of former top-10 players Jack Sock and Fernando Verdasco, as well British duo Liam Broady and Jay Clarke, in the ATP event.

Raducanu is pictured playing at the Viking Open at the Nottingham Tennis Centre last year

‘The grass court season is always a special time for British players and I can’t wait to get back to Nottingham and play on courts that are always in such good condition,’ said Evans.

‘The home fans are always vocal in their backing and hopefully I can give them something to cheer.’

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