US Open star Emma Raducanu says she’s ready and happy to comply with any quarantine demands made of players ahead of and during next year’s Australian Open.
A top priority for the young Briton right now is a strong pre-season. And while she’s yet to decide whether or not she’ll be competing in the upcoming Indian Wells WTA Tour event, which kicks off on Oct. 6, next year’s Australian Open is bound to be her key focus, with everything else seen as preparation for what will only be her third Grand Slam tournament.
While playing at a homecoming event just outside of London on Friday, Raducanu said she wouldn’t want to be seen as a favourite for winning the first Grand Slam event of 2022. Seeded or not seeded, the young star said her mission right now was to focus on learning all she can instead of focusing on results.
While the organisers of the Australian Open are yet to announce quarantine and other safety and security plans and restrictions ahead of next year’s competition, what with Melbourne having been in a constant state of lockdown, there’s bound to be some length of quarantine facing those players who qualify to play.
Even though this will more likely than not include having to travel over the Christmas holidays, and possibly being away from family and friends, Raducanu said she’ll do whatever needs to be done in order for her to compete. She said she’s hungry to play against the likes of Naomi Osaka and Ash Barty, and that she believes there’s much to be learnt from such an experience.
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