EMMA RADUCANU says it’s “full steam ahead” for Wimbledon and claims she’s fit and ready to go.
The action begins on Monday in SW19 with Raducanu returning to center court, where she found fame before her US Open win last year.
The nation held its breath as it pulled out of the Nottingham Open on June 7 with a worrying side charge.
There were fears she might not recover in time for Wimbledon but the 19-year-old is doing well.
Raducanu said: “I’m really looking forward to being back here at Wimbledon.
“It’s a special place to play tennis. Just a very inspiring and motivating place.
“I’m definitely looking forward to going out on Monday. I’m ready to go
“I’ve definitely managed it since Nottingham. I took two weeks off.”
There were concerns on Friday when Raducanu ended her booked training session on Court 1 at short notice.
But Said said: “We had to react to the situation. I had already practiced in the morning.
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“We all thought together that forgoing the afternoon session as well and staying fresh and ready was the best decision.
“This week was a good build-up. At the beginning of the week there were moments when we weren’t really sure [if she was going to be fit to play].
“We wanted to see how the week goes. But it went quite well.
“Now we’re going full steam ahead. Everyone is really looking forward to it.
“At the moment I’m fit. I’m ready to go I look forward to it. That’s it.”
Life has changed spectacularly in the 12 months since she first arrived as a wildcard for the Wimbledon main draw.
In 2021 she reached the last 16, but withdrew from the duel with Ajla Tomljanovic because of breathing difficulties.
Raducanu soon made history when she won the US Open on her debut, received a check for £1.8million and was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
She was the first qualifier in the Open Era to win a Grand Slam, and she did so without dropping a set in any of her ten games.
Raducanu is still new to the major in her hometown.
Speaking of Wimbledon, she said: “It’s just the attention to detail in every single aspect that this place has.
“I mean, from the flowers to everything. They have subtle hints of tennis rackets and tennis balls in the carpets.
“The level they go to to make sure this place is pretty much perfect. It’s pretty outstanding.
“This attention to detail is quite inspiring in itself. If you can take how Wimbledon thinks about their ground and apply it to yourself, have those kinds of standards, that’s an inspiration in itself.
“It’s only my second Wimbledon and I’m brand new to it. That is a very special feeling.”
Raducanu plays Belgium’s Alison Van Uytvanck on the opening day of the tournament.
As a Slam winner and #10 seed, being there as a well-known entity this time has many additional perks.
Raducanu explained: “One of the advantages is that I don’t have to cross the road at Aorangi to practice on court 28 or something like that now. That’s definitely an advantage.
“Last year I came straight from my exams, I was fresh and ready to play.
“To be honest I feel the same excitement this year because I think Wimbledon is bringing that extra out of me.
“I’m definitely looking forward to it. I’ll just play like a kid who loves to play tennis.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/5640334/emma-raducanu-ready-fit-wimbledon-homecoming/ Emma Raducanu insists she is fit and ready to go full steam ahead for the homecoming at Wimbledon Center Court