Raducanu on track to be fit for Wimbledon

Emma Raducanu is making good progress in her recovery from injury and will take her place in the Wimbledon draw.

The 19-year-old played just seven games of her first grass court tournament of the season in Nottingham two weeks ago before pulling out with a side injury.

Raducanu was not ready to return for this week’s WTA tournament in Eastbourne, but has practiced at the All England Club this week and it is clear she is on track to be fit for the Championships.

However, the British number 1 team does not take anything for granted and will be watching her closely for the next few days before making a final decision.

Raducanu, who made headlines last summer with her fourth round debut at Wimbledon before sensationally winning the US Open, is the 10th seed in women’s singles.

Meanwhile, in a break with tradition, Rafael Nadal, Matteo Berrettini and Novak Djokovic all practiced at Center Court on Thursday.

The two main show courts are normally off limits to players until the first game on opening Monday.

But after several incidents of players slipping in the early days, Wimbledon has decided to allow a limited amount of practice to get the surface down.

Serena Williams and Adrian Mannarino had to retire from their first round matches last year due to injuries.

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