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Emma Raducanu will miss the French Open after withdrawing from qualifying – only one way into the tournament provides hope


Emma Raducanu is likely to miss the French Open after withdrawing from qualifying.

It is not clear why Raducanu, 21, decided not to try to enter the tournament through the qualifying draw.

On April 29 – the cut-off point for qualifying entry – she was ranked 221st in the world – she had an automatic place in the draw.

However, on Saturday, she was removed from the list.

Her only hope of making it now rests on three players dropping out of the main draw before qualifying begins at 9am UK time on Monday.

Emma Raducanu is likely to miss the French Open after withdrawing from qualifying

He is counting on three players to resign by Monday to earn a spot in the draw automatically

He is counting on three players to resign by Monday to earn a spot in the draw automatically

As of April 15, when the original entry list was released, the 2021 US Open winner was the fifth alternate.

She has already moved up a few spots to become the third alternate, but still relies on three more selections by Monday.

Raducanu has a protected ranking of 103 due to wrist and ankle surgery she had in 2023, but that’s not high enough to automatically earn her a spot in the main event.

Meanwhile, organizers are trying to favor French players with six wild card slots.

Raducanu switched to training on hard courts rather than clay this week and has quietly admitted that her chances at Roland Garros have faded.

The first round of the French Open is set to begin next Sunday.

This week, Raducanu hit out at the pay gap between men and women in tennis, claiming female stars are undervalued.

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«A lot of female players are technically better,» she told The Times. “They rely on speed, agility and brains rather than brute strength.

This week, Raducanu claimed that female tennis stars are

This week, Raducanu claimed that female tennis stars are «technically superior» to male players

Briton, 21, feels female players have been undervalued and hit by gender pay gap

Briton, 21, feels female players have been undervalued and hit by gender pay gap

She also said that female stars rely on

She also said that female stars rely on «speed, agility and brains rather than brute strength»

«The gap in prize money is huge on the ATP tour, which I don’t think is fair, but still playing three sets at slams is a lot better than five men, which is brutal.»

In terms of prize money, the French Open will give equal amounts to both sexes, with both male and female winners receiving €2.4m (£2.1m), but this is not the rule.

For example, the Italian Open this week is offering £550,000 for its women’s champion, compared with around £750,000 for the winner of the men’s event.

Meanwhile, Raducanu has always outlined her full dedication to her craft, but continues to receive criticism for her various marketing and sponsorship commitments, with some arguing that this has affected her development on the court.

These include lucrative deals with British Airways, Porsche, Evian, Nike and HSBC, among others.

But the 21-year-old Briton insisted she is extremely energetic and said her success stems from her family’s strong work ethic, describing her parents Ian and Renee as «pushing» during her youth, before adding she has «no regrets». their methods».

Raducanu famously won the US Open in remarkable fashion at just 18 years old in 2021

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She explained: “They are so pushy. More so when I was younger. Now they are at a point where they are telling me what they think is best, but eventually they realize that the more they push, the more I will fight back.

«I’ve seen some great people I’ve played with in juniors who had much more forgiving parents who said, ‘It’s OK to lose,’ and those players don’t play tennis anymore, so I don’t. «I don’t blame my parents for that. .»



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