After the extraordinary success at the US Open against Leylah Fernandez, which unfortunately was followed by a decidedly subdued period in terms of performance and results, Emma Raducanu had decided to play the Mubadala World Tennis Championship to prepare for the new season and in particular for the Australian Open 2022.
Her plans, however, are undermined due to her COVID-19 positivity. The news was given by the leaders of the friendly tournament itself through their Twitter profile. The British, therefore, will miss the match against Belinda Bencic scheduled for this Thursday 16 December and her name has been deleted from the draw.
The organizers let it be known that they will find a player of the same level to be included as an opponent of Switzerland. An bad tile therefore for the outgoing Flushing Meadows champion Emma Raducanu, forced to review with her team the entire preparation program for the opening of the 2022 season.
The 19-year-old native of Toronto is therefore out of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship, an exhibition tournament scheduled in Abu Dhabi from 16 to 18 December that is enriched by two illustrious returns such as those of Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem.
To certify the British tennis player's departure from the scene were the organizers through the official social channels of the event: "Emma is now in isolation and she is following all the necessary protocols. We wish her a quick recovery and hope to see her on the court soon.
We are looking for a top level alternative player to play with Belinda Bencic, more updates will be communicated." This release was followed by the statements of Raducanu: "I was looking forward to playing in front of the fans in Abu Dhabi, but unfortunately, after having tested positive at Covid-19, I will have to postpone the appointment until the next opportunity.
I am in solitary confinement, according to the regulations, and I hope to be back soon." The Raducanu-Bencic confrontation should have been held on Thursday after the one between Ruud and Shapovalov and between Thiem and Murray.
On Friday the winner of the first match will meet the Russian Andrey Rublev, while whoever prevails in the second match will go on the pitch against Rafael Nadal. The final will take place on Saturday.
Mubadala World Tennis Championship organisers regrettably confirm that @EmmaRaducanu has tested positive for COVID-19 and has withdrawn from this week's Championship.
Roger Federer: "My children had no idea of my success"
2021 did not give Roger Federer much satisfaction.
The Swiss champion seemed very far from an acceptable condition and did not get the desired results. Suffice it to say that the former world number 1 played just 13 official matches from March to Wimbledon, racking up nine wins and four losses.
The round of 16 at the Roland Garros and the quarterfinals in London were his best seasonal results, too little for a legend like him. A few weeks after the Championships, the 40-year-old from Basel announced that he would have to operate on his knee for the third time in the last 18 months.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion will resume to training at the beginning of the new year, but will not be able to return to the circuit before the summer of 2022. His presence at Wimbledon is therefore at great risk, as Federer himself admitted a few weeks ago.
The Swiss also hailed the Top 10 for the first time since 2017. In a recent interview with Ringier, King Roger admitted that his four children were unaware of his enormous success until recently days. Roger said: "For a long time, my four children had no idea what I had achieved during my tennis career.
It was their friends who revealed to them that I was number 1 in the world. They were literally speechless. My victories have never been an important topic at home." To the microphones of the moneycontrol.com portal, Christopher Clarey, author of a book dedicated to Roger, spoke about the chances of the Swiss player to return to competition.
"I don't think he'll get the success he's looking for and I wouldn't be surprised if he decides to quit soon enough. His last game ended with a bagel at Wimbledon, certainly not the memory Federer wants to leave in the minds of his fans.
The chances of seeing it again at the highest levels are low, it is useless to go around it. The opponents have become stronger and more numerous."