Emma Raducanu told most important thing to ensure 2023 success after injury-prone year

Emma Raducanu has retired injured from four different matches this year

Emma Raducanu has retired injured from four different matches this year (Image: Getty)

has been told what she must do to ensure a more successful 2023 season after seeing mixed results on her first full year on the professional tennis tour. The 19-year-old went 17-19 for wins and losses in 2022 and was forced to retire injured from four separate matches, prompting her Billie Jean King Cup captain Anne Keothavong to say that being “fit and healthy” would be the most important thing for Raducanu.

Raducanu has completed her freshman year on the tennis tour after skyrocketing up the rankings when she won the 2021 US Open as a qualifier. The Bromley teenager went from world No 150 straight into the top 25, leaving her able to play any event on the WTA Tour that she wanted.

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But the British No 1 found it hard to back up her unprecedented success as she navigated life as a full-time pro for the first time and suffered a turbulent season as she crashed out in the opening round of the US Open before making her Ahead of her sophomore 2023 season, the world No 75 has now been told that ensuring she stays healthy will be the key to seeing improved results.

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“The most important thing for Emma is to make sure she is fit and healthy,” Keothavong told Sky Sports ahead of Britain’s first tie at this week’s BJK Cup Finals, which will be played without Raducanu after she was forced to withdraw with a wrist injury – one of many physical issues to have plagued the teenager this year. 

 

Anne Keothavong has coached Emma Raducanu during past BJK Cup ties

Anne Keothavong has coached Emma Raducanu during past BJK Cup ties (Image: Getty)

“She’s had a year on tour where she has now a better understanding of what the expectations are and how to manage her time, her body.” And the team GB captain believes this year will serve as a learning curve for Raducanu, who has already started to get her body in check by – the former fitness coach of and .

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Keothavong continued: “She’ll have a clearer idea about that going into next year. And look, she’s a Grand Slam champion. No one is going to take that away from her and she is capable of achieving great things.”

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Emma Raducanu is working with Andy Murray's former fitness trainer Jez Green

Emma Raducanu is working with Andy Murray’s former fitness trainer Jez Green (Image: Getty)

The 39-year-old’s comments come days after she revealed that there had already been a since she started working with Green. “That’s a priority at the moment and she’s looking pretty fit and strong,” the retired pro said.

“I think the work that she’s put in over the last few weeks, when you see her you’ll see [it].” Keothavong also settled any fears over the severity of the British No 1’s wrist injury as she confirmed things were looking up, adding: “Wrist injuries are never easy, but I think this one is under control. She’s got good people around her and she’s used her time to really work on other areas of her fitness. Right now, from what I understand, it’s something that she will recover from and she’s confident of that.”

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