Emma Raducanu is forced to call medical time-out FIVE MINUTES into start of her grass-court season


Emma Raducanu RETIRES just 33 minutes into her first match back on grass since last year’s Wimbledon, after the US Open champion struggled through just seven games with an abdominal injury

  • Emma Raducanu was in real discomfort just five minutes into her latest match
  • She sought a medical time-out three games into her match in Nottingham
  • Raducanu played through the pain but it became too difficult down 4-3
  • The British No 1 elected to retire in a nightmare start to her grass-court season 

Emma Raducanu’s hopes of gathering momentum in the run-up to Wimbledon were quickly dashed in Nottingham as injury forced her to retire just 33 minutes into her first round match.  

The British No 1 gave fans a fright when she called for a medical time-out five minutes into her first round match at the Nottingham Open against Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic. 

Raducanu was seen pointing to the left-side of her rib-cage and a trainer was called to work on the problem area. 

Despite being broken in her first service game, she was able to get up and carry on but she looked uncomfortable in the match and decided she could not continue in the seventh game of the match.

Raducanu has found the rigours of the WTA Tour tough to handle in her first full year as a pro player. 

Concern grew for her at the Italian Open when a persistent back problem forced her to retire against Bianca Andreescu midway through the second set. 

Court-side microphones captured Raducanu telling a trainer in Rome that she ‘couldn’t move’, such was the extent of the back problem.  



More to follow.  



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