Emma Raducanu optimistic after training with ex-coach Novak Djokovic before Roland-Garros | Tennis | sport

Raducanu is set to play his first professional match on clay in Great Britain’s Billie Jean King Cup tie against the Czech Republic on Friday. This is his first call-up for the team and it comes ahead of his first WTA Tour event on the surface next week in Stuttgart.

Ahead of her first BJK Cup match against Tereza Martincova, the US Open champion admitted she thinks clay could become one of her “strongest surfaces” after what looked like a recent spell. training session at the Riccardo Piatti training center before the clay swing. “I think it could be one of my strongest surfaces in the future, but of course it’s only the beginning right now,” said the 19-year-old.

Raducanu has now played in all but one Grand Slam tournament in her young career, with the French Open being the last for her to debut at the end of May. And the Brit believes she can improve ahead of the clay Major after spending time on the surface. She continued: “I feel like I have a lot more potential physically. And I like to slide.

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But her attention first turns to the BJK Cup in Prague, where she is the only top-20 player to compete for both the British and Czech squads. “I love playing as a team, especially the team we have here,” Raducanu said ahead of his debut for the team.

“I feel like everyone had a lot of fun and there was a great connection off the court, whether it was playing murder mystery games or cornhole, we really bond very good.”

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