Emma Radukanu reveals that she has lost all her toenails

Emma Radukanu from Great Britain celebrates against Katerina Sinyakova from the Czech Republic in the second round of the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium on March 24, 2022 in Miami Gardens - GETTY IMAGES

Emma Radukanu from Great Britain celebrates against Katerina Sinyakova from the Czech Republic in the second round of the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium on March 24, 2022 in Miami Gardens – GETTY IMAGES

Emma Radukanu has revealed her latest և probably the most horrible injury after becoming a professional, losing her toenails.

The Briton suffered a series of physical setbacks after his remarkable breakthrough at the US Open last fall when blisters prevented him from making progress to the Australian Open in January and he was left out of the Guadalajara Open due to a thigh problem. .

Now, before making his Billy Jan King Cup qualifier against the Czech Republic in Prague before making his debut for the United Kingdom, Radukanu says he has been beaten again.

“I do not have toenails,” he said when asked about his physical condition. “It was just my foot, my shoes, they just slipped a lot. [in the shoe]. “I used to have a little nail in Miami, but now I have nothing physical.”

Strange-sounding suffering is not caused by a horrific accident, but by a pair of killer heels from its sponsor Dior, but is actually a relatively common occurrence among athletes when toenails fall out due to a number of small nails. long-term effects. This seems to be what happened to Raducanu when he was dealing with a tiring game-training schedule.

The revelation was smiled by his British teammates Harriet Dart, Katie Swaney and Soney Kartal, who are in the British team for the first time. Captain Anne Keothawong even suggested that the 19-year-old’s illness helped connect with the team this week.

“I have always said that these weeks are different from what they felt in regular tennis tournaments, it’s really possible that as a team we can create memorable moments. I think we did that. And we all have a little scar on Emma’s toes. ” he said with a laugh.

Britain has never won the Billie Jean Cup or its previous incarnation, the Fed Cup, while the Czech Republic has won 11 times. The tournament, which ends in November, marks another major milestone in Radukanu’s development: Saturday afternoon at the Czech Tennis Club’s match against 22-year-old Marketeta Vondrusova, 22, which was his first professional clay outing.

“I sincerely believe that clay can be one of my strongest surfaces”

There were doubts about Raducanu’s external ability, as his physical disability tended to hug the baseline during rallies, but he believes he can make the surface his own, citing his optimism about his ability to move on the court.

“I sincerely believe that clay can be one of my strongest surfaces,” he said. “I like to move because I feel I have a lot more potential physically. And I enjoy sliding. So, after spending more time on this surface, I’m sure I will have a better time, learning more about the surface, but the time to bring the boat. I feel like I can really use it to play aggressively while I can move. I look forward to spending more time on clay in the future. ”

It seems that Raducanu has a serious plan to succeed on the ground, recently crashed by top Italian coach Ricardo Piati, who worked with Novak Djokovic when the Serb was touring in his late teens, and Maria Sharapova in the final stages of his career. Raducanu spent a week in Italy while his coach Torben Beltz was on vacation.

He said. “I went there to spend more time on clay. I had not spent anything before. Torben traveled for weeks and weeks; he went on vacation with his children. He needed that family time. “So I thought I could take the opportunity to go to Italy and spend more time on the dirt.”

The Czechs are currently exhausted due to injuries, as Katerina Sinyakova, Radukanu’s conqueror in Miami, is forced to leave due to injury. Former world number one Karolina Pliskova has been ruled out of the gym with a terrible hand injury. Radukanu may face his toughest test on Saturday as he meets Javan Vondrusova, a finalist in the 2019 French Open.

Dart, who has just appeared in the top 100 in the world, is the other British player to take on the responsibilities alone. On Friday, he will meet with Martinkova, and on Saturday, he will meet Vondrusova in a turning point in Radukanu’s relationship.

On Saturday, the duel will be challenged by newcomer Kartal, one of Raducanu’s main rivals coming from the LTA. The 20-year-old, who ranks 377th, is paired with the world number 220 Swan. On Saturday, the couple will meet Marie Buzkova, 77, and Linda Fruhvirtova, 16, 168.

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