The US Open champion Emma Raducanu has withdrawn from this week’s Australian Open warm-up tournament in Melbourne having just come out of isolation after testing positive for Covid-19. Raducanu, who became the first qualifier to win a grand slam when she triumphed at Flushing Meadows in September, had pulled out of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship exhibition event in Abu Dhabi last month after contracting the virus.
The 19-year-old was scheduled to headline one of the two women’s WTA 250 warmup tournaments taking place at Melbourne Park – dubbed the “Melbourne Summer Set” – from 4-9 January.
“The timing to compete in the first Melbourne event this week is too soon for me, having just returned from isolation,” Raducanu was quoted as saying by the organisers.
The women’s world No 19, who is to receive an MBE after being named on the Queen’s New Year honours list, is scheduled to compete in the Sydney Classic later this month before making her debut in the Australian Open, which starts on 17 January.
The men’s world No 4, Stefanos Tsitsipas, pulled out of his ATP Cup opener against Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz in Sydney on Saturday due to a niggling right elbow problem but played down concerns that the problem would derail his Australian Open campaign. “The recovery from my elbow surgery in November is on track for Melbourne and today was a precautionary step to make sure I make [it],” Tsitsipas said. “We will see day by day, match by match until then.”