British tennis star Emma Raducanu has withdrawn from her exhibition match at the Macau Tennis Masters in China, scheduled to take place from December 2-3 as she continues her recovery from surgery. The 21-year-old has not played since April after operations on her wrists and ankle. The development was confirmed by her management company.
Raducanu kick-started light training in August and targeted a comeback for next season. Ahead of the new season, she has dropped to 289 in the rankings. But Raducanu can avail a protected ranking of 103 next year as she has missed over six months and that could get her in the main draw of the Australian Open in January.
Talking about her recovery with BBC Radio 4, Emma Raducanu said, "I think the biggest thing from the last few months was how much I missed the sport. I think that was the standout thing - how much I missed training, how much I missed my body hurting and feeling tired and dragging yourself through certain exercises when you don't feel like it."
Further talking about Raducanu's comeback, she is pushing for a return to competition at the beginning of the new season in Australia and New Zealand. But her team prefers that she doesn't scamper back to action after such a prolonged absence. Similarly, Raducanu isn't part of any other exhibitions before the new season.