Emma Raducanu: ‘I will do whatever needs to be done to play the Australian Open’

Emma Raducanu says she will do ‘whatever needs to be done’ to take part in the Australian Open in January.

Australia are notoriously strict with their COVID-19 protocols and required every overseas player to complete a mandatory two-week quarantine ahead of the tournament this season.

Plans for next year are yet to be finalised, but Raducanu insists she is prepared to take whatever action is asked of her to be able to make her debut in the tournament.

“Whatever needs to be done to be able to play the Australian Open, I’ll do,” Raducanu said at an LTA event.

“To me it’s not even a thought or like a battle in my mind. I just want to be at the Australian Open, and I want to compete there, so, whatever it takes to do, I’ll go.”

Emma Raducanu jumped more than 125 places in the world rankings after winning the US Open, although she is yet to reveal when she will be returning to the court.

It is expected she will attempt to play Indian Wells, although she also doesn’t appear to be in any real rush at the moment.

“I just feel like I’m learning and absorbing all the knowledge that I’m gaining like a sponge and soaking it all in.” Raducanu said.

“That’s what I really want to do. I’m not focused on results, I’m focused on how much I can learn because that’s what’s really going to drive me forward.”

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