Raducanu on track to be fit for Wimbledon

Emma Raducanu is making good progress in her recovery from injury and will take her place in the Wimbledon draw.

The 19-year-old managed just seven games of her first grass-court tournament of the season in Nottingham a fortnight ago before withdrawing with a lateral strain.

Raducanu wasn’t ready to return for this week’s WTA tournament in Eastbourne, but she has been practicing at the All England Club this week and is understood to be on track to be on Championship form.

However, the British No.1’s team are taking nothing for granted and will be monitoring her closely over the next few days before making a final decision.

Raducanu, who made headlines with her fourth-round debut at Wimbledon last summer before winning the US Open in sensational fashion, is the 10th seed in women’s singles.

Meanwhile, breaking with tradition, Rafael Nadal, Matteo Berrettini and Novak Djokovic practiced on Center Court on Thursday.

The two main show courts are normally off limits to players until the first match on Opening Monday.

But after a series of incidents of players slipping in the early days, Wimbledon decided to allow a limited amount of practice to settle the surface.

Serena Williams and Adrian Mannarino were forced to withdraw during their first-round matches last year after suffering injuries.

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