British youngster Emma Raducanu will later this month compete back home in England for the first time since her glorious US Open win. She’ll be facing Elena-Gabriella Ruse at the Champions Tennis exhibition at the Royal Albert Hall.
Raducanu turned 19 on Saturday and has been enjoying some off-time after a hectic few months as a full-time player on tour.
Ruse, who is from Romania, has become good friends with the British teen while on tour. Raducanu and Ruse were often seen training together at last month’s Transylvania Open in Cluj-Napoca. Their teams also ended up going to dinner together, and Ruse made for a warm welcome for the young Brit during the competition.
During a press commentary last month, Ruse told a British newspaper how she had become friends with Raducanu. She said she had enjoyed their time together, and especially the fact that the British youngster is able to speak Romanian.
Raducanu will begin pre-season training just as soon as the exhibition event is over. She’ll then launch straight into pre-season training with new coach Torben Beltz and will be playing only the third Grand Slam event of her career at January’s Australian Open in Melbourne.
Another British star, former No. 1 Kyle Edmund, has in the meantime withdrawn from Aberdeen’s Battle of the Brits exhibition event, which will be played on 21 and 22 December. Edmund has been struggling to recover from surgery performed on his left knee in April.
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