- Tennis legend Boris Becker has warned British tennis player Emma Raducanu
- She had three surgeries this month
- She will be out of WTA tour for months
Tennis legend Boris Becker has warned British tennis player Emma Raducanu of putting her career in jeopardy after three successive surgeries on her ankle and wrists.
She had three surgeries this month and she will be out of the WTA tour for months as she recovers. Now, Becker says the surgery effects may last for a lifetime and will affect her tennis career.
Given Becker’s history in tennis and his wrist injury when young, he is an authoritative voice in Raducanu’s tennis career. Becker has acknowledged that he is worried about the problems she might run into as she approaches her tennis peak.
Just like Raducanu who won a grand slam at 18 and courted injury; the retired German tennis star had a similar experience.
While it was the only option for the 20-year-old, Becker is sympathetic to its later effects.
“The surgeries that she has had are, in my opinion, career-threatening. Having surgery on your playing wrist, and as a two-handed player, the other wrist – and then on your ankle – is tough to bear for a young woman,” he told The Guardian.
Raducanu withdrew from the Madrid Open owing to a right-hand injury. She said that the pain she harboured for the last 10 months and it was time to get the surgery.
“It is safe to say the last ten months have been difficult as I dealt with a recurring injury on a bone of both hands,” she wrote on Instagram.
She visited a fashion event in Mexico in her first public outing following her triple surgery. Her wrists and leg were heavily bandaged but she still managed a bright smile.
Raducanu smiled for the cameras as she posed for shots and shared an update with her fans in a video with Vogue.
“Just saw the show here in Mexico City, and it was stunning and it was a really nice thing to be a part of,” she said.
Raducanu hasn’t competed since losing to Jelena Ostapenko, 6-2, 6-1, in Stuttgart in April. Earlier this month, she abruptly withdrew from the Madrid Open before it became clear that she would require surgery for injuries to her wrist and ankle.
She won’t be able to compete in Wimbledon or the French Open because she won’t be on the WTA Tour during the summer.
The British tennis player is one of the high-flying tennis players who will miss the French Open. Among them is Rafael Nadal, Nick Kyrgios, Matteo Berrettini, and Andy Murray.
Except Murray who intentionally skipped Roland Garros to prepare for Wimbledon, all the other players are battling different injuries and they are yet to recover.
In addition, Raducanu could miss the US Open, where she won her first and only Grand Slam.
With her recovery, the Briton will drop even further in the rankings falling to 106th overall. However, she is hopeful she will perform better once she recovers fully.