Tennis News: Following her first WTA final in Chicago, British teenager Emma Raducanu has been added to the Champions Tennis line-up; the 18-year-old will compete alongside luminaries Radek Stepanek, Xavier Malisse, Thomas Enqvist, and Greg Rusedski.
Emma Raducanu, a rising British talent, will compete in Champions Tennis with luminaries of the sport at the Royal Albert Hall in November.
The 18-year-old rose to prominence after a series of mesmerising performances at Wimbledon this summer.
Raducanu defeated Vitalia Diatchenko, Marketa Vondrousova, and veteran Romanian Sorana Cirstea on her way to the fourth round, where she was forced to withdraw due to lung problems against Ajla Tomljanovic.
She followed up her performance at the All England Club in July with a strong showing in the WTA Chicago 125 final on Sunday.
She will enter the world’s top 150 for the first time as a result of her performance ahead of the US Open qualifications in New York.
Raducanu has confirmed that she will compete in Sunday’s exhibition singles event at this year’s Champions Tennis in London, which runs from November 25 to 28.
Tennis legends such as Greg Rusedski of the United Kingdom, Mansour Bahrami of the United States, Wimbledon winner Goran Ivanisevic, former No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero, Spaniard David Ferrer, 2006 Australian Open runner-up Marcos Baghdatis, and Czech Radek Stepanek will join Raducanu.
Xavier Malisse, Australian icon Mark Philippoussis, 2010 Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych, former top-five player Thomas Enqvist, former Russian No 1 Mikhail Youzhny, and German Tommy Haas are among the other players competing in the competition.
“I can’t wait to play among these incredible tennis superstars, and I can’t think of a better way to close the season than playing alongside them in the city where I grew up and at such a famous British stadium,” Raducanu said.
“The support I received at Wimbledon this year was incredible, so playing in front of home crowds at the end of the year would be incredible.”
The four-day tournament is divided into afternoon and evening sessions, each with three scheduled matches: two singles and one doubles match.
Team 1: Rusedski (Captain), Baghdatis, Haas, Stepanek
Team 2: Philippoussis (Captain), Berdych, Ferrero, Malisse
Team 3: Ivanisevic (Captain), Ferrer, Youzhny, Enqvist
Exho Singles: Radacanu, TBC
Exho Doubles: Bahrami, TBC
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