Emma Raducanu says she will be away from the tennis court “for the next few months” while she recovers from surgery on both wrists and one of her ankles.
In an Instagram post that included a photo of herself in hospital with a cast on her right hand, Raducanu said she had to undergo a “minor procedure” on both hands to resolve long-standing injuries.
She added that she will undergo another “minor procedure” on her ankle. The 20-year-old explained that as a result, she will miss tennis events this summer, including the French Open and Wimbledon.
“It pains me to miss the events of the summer and I tried to play down the issues so thank you to all my fans who continued to support me when you didn’t know the facts,” Raducanu wrote in a post. handwritten letter posted on Instagram.
Raducanu, who won the 2021 US Open, has suffered a myriad of injuries over the past 18 months that have dashed his hopes of success on the court.
She injured her ankle ahead of the Australian Open earlier this year, while tonsillitis forced her to pull out of the Austin Open in February.
Meanwhile, a recurring wrist injury, which hampered Raducanu last season, returned at the Miami Open, where she went out in the first round.
Last month, Raducanu lost in the first round of the Stuttgart Open in less than an hour.
Her performances have seen her drop down the world rankings, where she currently sits 85th, and the injury break means she is on course to drop out of the top 100.
“It’s safe to say that the last 10 months have been tough as I’ve had to deal with a recurring bone injury in both hands,” Raducanu said.
“I did my best to deal with the pain and play through it for most of this year and at the end of last year by drastically reducing the training load, missing weeks of training and cutting short last season to try to heal her, unfortunately that’s not enough.”
The French Open begins on May 22 in Paris while Wimbledon begins on July 3 in London.