The first wild card has been awarded in Indian Wells: it is Emma Raducanu. The British tennis player has not found peace since her surprising victory at the US Open: since September 2021, the youngster has struggled with expectations, with a series of negative results, especially if we look at the Grand Slam tournaments that followed.
Flushing Meadows. The negative results also inevitably led to a drop in the rankings: the world number 80 is now the winner of the Slam, following his victory in the second round of the Australian Open. The fall in the ranking also and above all brings difficulties in major tournaments, where one is forced to start from the back to earn a place in the main draw.
Emma Raducanu won’t have this problem, not on the first American leg of the tennis tour; The Indian Wells 1000 tournament has awarded her a wild card, as she announced on social media: “She’s in: Emma Raducanu has been awarded a wild card to the Indian Wells tournament.
See you in March “. The event will begin on March 8 and on Californian soil the British will have to defend a second round that she reached last year, lost to Petra Martic in three sets. Other Slam champions are also on the entry list for the tournament: from Iga Swiatek to Elena Rybakina, through the brand new winner Aryna Sabalenka.
Great rivals therefore await the British, but there are those who trust that she can show her tennis again, even after the difficult months that she has gone through. “We want to see her compete and fully enjoy tennis again, that’s what we want to see.
So I want to be clear, you don’t win a Slam tournament by luck, Emma is a great player and she can come back and challenge all her rivals.” said John McEnroe about Emma Raducanu after her loss to Coco Gauff at Melbourne Park.
Dmitry Tursunov on Raducanu
Emma Raducanu’s former coach Dmitry Tursunov has stated that the Brit will figure things out and get back to top form as she is a smart player. “I mean, with me, she was [a hard worker]. Sooner or later, she’s just gonna sort it out,” he stated.
“She’s too smart of a person not to sort out you know. She loves tennis too much not to figure it out. It’s just a question of how long it’s gonna take her and how difficult the road is going to be,” he added” “But, I think she’s the person who is willing to go a bumpy road.
She’s super young. But, she’s very demanding of herself and she pushes herself a lot,” he said. “She’s super tough on herself but to me, I felt like she’s an incredible and intelligent person.”