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Raducanu sits out French Open to focus on fitness 

Britain’s Emma Raducanu has withdrawn from the French Open, just 24 hours before qualifying was due to begin.

The 21-year-old is not injured, and decided to forego Roland Garros to train and give herself a “chance to be fit for the rest of the year”.

Raducanu was not handed a wildcard for the clay-court Grand Slam and her ranking was not good enough to obtain direct entry into the main tournament.

Emma Raducanu plays a forehand at the Madrid Open

“It’s important for me to keep laying on the foundations, and I will use the time to do a healthy block before the grass and subsequent hard-court seasons to give myself a chance to keep fit for the rest of the year,” said the 2021 US Open champion.

The Briton has not played since falling in the first round of the Madrid Open last month.

After her straight-set defeat against Argentine qualifier Maria Lourdes Carle, Raducanu admitted she was “mentally and emotionally exhausted”.

Raducanu has since been exercising at the National Tennis Centre in London, but the style of that big defeat is reported to have impacted her confidence following a great start to the clay season.

She won both matches for her country as Great Britain upset France to qualify for November’s Billie Jean King Cup Finals, and reached the quarter-finals in Stuttgart, where her run was only interrupted by world number one Iga Swiatek.

Raducanu is rated 212 in the world, following wrist and ankle procedures last year, but was third alternate for the French Open thanks to a protected ranking of 103.

She has not declared whether she would play next month’s Nottingham Open, the first WTA event of the grass-court season.

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