Raducanu rejects Olympic wildcard but Murray in squad

 

Emma Raducanu has turned down the chance to play for Great Britain at this summer's Olympics - but two-time gold medallist Andy Murray is set to compete in Paris.

Raducanu, 21, is ranked too low to qualify as she continues to come back from surgery on her wrists and ankle last year.

The 2021 US Open champion was offered one of two places by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) that are reserved for former Grand Slam champions.

Raducanu missed the French Open - played on the same clay courts of Roland Garros that will stage the Olympics - to ensure she is fit for the British grass-court swing.

"I have had various conversations with Emma over the last couple of weeks and a slightly longer period where it’s very clear how much being part of a British team at an Olympics would mean to her," said Iain Bates, head of GB's Olympic tennis team.

"I think she feels this isn’t going to be the right timing for her for this summer.

"She’s hopefully got many Olympics ahead of her. I'm very comfortable with the decision that she’s made."

Great Britain's nominations were announced at Queen's Club on Sunday.

Emma Raducanu has turned down the chance to play for Great Britain at this summer's Olympics - but two-time gold medallist Andy Murray is set to compete in Paris.

Raducanu, 21, is ranked too low to qualify as she continues to come back from surgery on her wrists and ankle last year.

The 2021 US Open champion was offered one of two places by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) that are reserved for former Grand Slam champions.

Raducanu missed the French Open - played on the same clay courts of Roland Garros that will stage the Olympics - to ensure she is fit for the British grass-court swing.

"I have had various conversations with Emma over the last couple of weeks and a slightly longer period where it’s very clear how much being part of a British team at an Olympics would mean to her," said Iain Bates, head of GB's Olympic tennis team.

"I think she feels this isn’t going to be the right timing for her for this summer.

"She’s hopefully got many Olympics ahead of her. I'm very comfortable with the decision that she’s made."

Great Britain's nominations were announced at Queen's Club on Sunday.

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