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BRITISH number one Emma Raducanu has been forced to cut her season short after suffering a wrist injury causing her to withdraw from this week’s Transylvania Open.

Former US Open winner Emma Raducanu has had a season plagued by injuries which has been cut short by her latest setback. The 19-year-old was hoping to compete in two more tournaments including the Cluj-Napoca, but has broken her silence to say that she’s missing this year’s event.

The world number 67 suffered a first round defeat in defence of her US Open crown last month. However, she looked to have turned a corner winning three matches on her way to the semi-final at the recent Korea Open, but was forced to retire in the third set of the last four match with a left glute injury.

Despite her injury the teenager returned straight back to action in this week’s Agel Open in Czech Republic losing to world number 11 Daria Kasatkina 5-7,4-6. However, a planned trip to Romania for the Transylvania Open next week has been scrapped.

A message on the tournament’s Twitter feed said: “Sadly, Emma Raducanu is forced to withdraw from Transylvania Open due to a wrist injury. Get well fast, Emma! We’re looking forward to see you soon.” Raducanu was then planning to compete in the Cluj-Napoca tournament in Romania, her father’s homeland.

Emma Raducanu
Emma Raducanu was competing in the Agel Open this week (Image: Photo by Robert Prange/Getty Images)

In a brief Instagram post Raducanu said: “Sad to miss by Cluj friends this year,” followed by sad emoji. The Romanian tournament has a personal importance to the British star but she will have to wait until next year for another attempt at a desired victory.

This is the latest injury in an unfortunate year for Raducanu who also appeared to tweak her left side within the first few points of a match at the Nottingham Open in June and had multiple rounds of treatment on the court before retiring 3-4 down to Viktorija Golubic. She also retired at the Rome WTA 1000 a month earlier after being hampered by a back injury.

Emma Raducanu

Meanwhile, the Brit’s first retirement of the season came in at the Abierto Akron Zapopan in Mexico after she suffered a hip injury. Raducanu has previously been open about the injuries which have caused her problems including blisters.

During the Billie Jean King Cup, she admitted the nature of her injury and explained she had been left with “no toenails” due to adapting to the clay courts. With the season drawing to a close in six weeks time at the ATP Tour Finals Raducanu’s latest injury could result in an early close to her campaign.

With the U.S. Open set to begin next week, tennis star and last year’s runner-up Leylah Fernandez is starring in Morgan Stanley’s new TV spot titled “See It To Be It” highlighting the impact of seeing someone like you succeed. Fernandez is a Canadian citizen of Ecuadorian and Filipino descent that, as a 19-year-old, has reached 14th in the WTA world singles rankings. Morgan Stanley announced Fernandez as its new brand ambassador back in March; this TV spot is the first result of the partnership. Morgan Stanley is also engaging in surprise “racket drops,” providing tennis rackets, associated gear (tennis bag, balls, water bottle), and inspiring messages within communities around New York City. Hints and locations will be dropped on Morgan Stanley and Fernandez’s social channels (follow @morgan.stanley and @leylahannietennis on Instagram) so that fans can search for and find the packages.

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Emma Raducanu stressed that she is in no rush to find a new manager because she is satisfied with the current team around her. At the end of April, the young British star announced her decision to part ways with Torben Beltz.

Raducanu was soon linked to Riccardo Piatti, former coach of Maria Sharapova and Jannik Sinner among others, but so far no professional marriage has yet been celebrated. “I want to take the time to make this decision.

Nothing has changed, I still have the same people, good people, around me. I don’t want to rush the times,” said Raducanu, according to what Tennishead reported. After Wimbledon, the 19-year-old had Andrew Richardson alongside her, with whom she made the extraordinary journey that led to her first Grand Slam title at the US Open, after which the British decided not to continue their collaboration.

Prior to the start of the 2022 season, Raducanu announced that Beltz would train her in this new vintage. Beltz who, from the height of his great experience, had been called to try to carry out the same feats achieved with the three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber in the years before.

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Emma Raducanu on her changes of coach

“Personally, I think I know what I’m doing. I am confident in what I am doing and in the work I am doing,” explained Emma Raducanu. After Raducanu split from Beltz, tennis experts advised her to take some time before announcing her new coach.

“I’m still 19 and have already won a Grand Slam. So I can take my time and put things right because I know my motivation is no less,” said the British tennis player. Raducanu who recently switched to a new training model.

But when she was asked what that specifically meant, the Toronto native didn’t want to give too many details. “I am training like I have done for the last few months,” she said. “I have someone to train with and even if I have a revolutionary training model, I don’t need to share how I train, because that’s up to me, why should I tell my rivals how I train?”

NIGEL MANSELL is pleased with how George Russell is performing alongside seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.

Former Formula 1 world champion Nigel Mansell admitted he is impressed by the performances of George Russell after the Brit moved to Mercedes ahead of the 2022 season. The 24-year-old has gained plenty of admirers this season and even secured pole position at the Hungarian Grand Prix last time out.

Lewis Hamilton’s attempt to bounce back from his 2021 championship heartbreak with another title challenge was derailed by the Silver Arrows’ earlier struggles, primarily with porpoising. The octuple world champions had struggled with severe bouncing as their cars have been rattling uncontrollably following the new regulations and car designs implemented for the 2022 season, rendering Mercedes uncompetitive when it comes to fighting for wins.

However, seven-time world champion Hamilton has found form recently, reaching five successive podiums. Both Hamilton and teammate Russell have reached the podium at the last two races while the 37-year-old achieved his second successive P2 finish last time out at the Hungaroring.

Russell has impressed in his own right, snatching a maiden career pole position in Hungary. The former Williams star is currently fourth in the Drivers’ Standings while Hamilton is fifth with 146 points.

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As a result of the standings, Mansell believes Hamilton is yet to give 100 percent in 2022. Speaking to Adrian Flux, Mansell said: “I like both George Russell and Lando Norris.

“I think the opportunity that George has cast on the fact that Lewis hasn’t decided to dust off his right foot yet. I think he’s taking it easy.”

Mansell praised British duo Russell and Norris for their fine performances to start the campaign. He added: “He [Russell] is doing a great job and I think Lando when the car is performing, he’s put some great results in.”

Mansell’s comments point to how impressive Brits have been this season. His comment will frustrate Hamilton given his recent run of form, but it is perhaps fair given Mercedes and the Brit were eyeing a championship push after the title heartbreak against Max Verstappen.

On the track, Hamilton has struggled to replicate the success he is accustomed to and currently sits in sixth position in the Drivers’ Championship, 112 points behind leader and rival Max Verstappen. In fact, Hamilton could contest an F1 season without securing a win for the first time in his career.

The 22-race F1 2022 campaign continues with the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps on August 28 after the four-week summer break.

Rafael Nadal’s first match since pulling out of the Wimbledon semi-finals because of injury ended in defeat at the hands of Croatian Borna Coric at the Cincinnati Open.

The Spaniard, 36, lost 7-6 (9-7) 4-6 6-3 to the world number 152.

Nadal has spent six weeks recovering from the abdominal muscle injury and the defeat in the round-of-32 match is a blow to his US Open preparations.

The year’s final Grand Slam event gets under way on 29 August.

“In terms of New York, it’s a Grand Slam, a different kind of tournament,” said Nadal, who has won the US Open in 2010, 2013, 2017 and 2019.

“I was only able to play two sets before this match in the last 40 days.

“I know that to gain condition. I will have to be on the tour practising with the guys.”

American Taylor Fritz, who Nadal beat in the Wimbledon quarter-finals, defeated Australian Nick Kyrgios 6-3 6-2 to reach the third round.

Fritz then criticised the ATP Tour’s off-court coaching trial, saying allowing players to receive instructions during a match went against the idea of tennis being an individual sport.

Rafael Nadal

“It’s a dumb rule,” the world number 13 said.

“Why are we making it not an individual sport? A huge part of tennis is as much mental as it is physical, and a big part of it is you need to be figuring it out on the court for yourself.

“I think it’s ridiculous that you can be mentally not there, not good analytically, not good at kind of working through things and coming up with strategies, and you can have someone tell you what to do. I hate it.”

Fritz will next play sixth seed Andrey Rublev after the Russian beat Italy’s Fabio Fognini 6-7 (7-9) 7-6 (7-3) 6-2.

Greek fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas won 6-3 6-4 against Serbian Filip Krajinovic while Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz lost to American John Isner 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (7-5) 6-2.

Elsewhere, Canada’s seventh seed Felix Auger-Aliassime defeated Australian Alex de Minaur 6-3 6-2 and compatriot Denis Shapovalov fought back to win 3-6 6-4 6-3 against American Tommy Paul.

Shapovalov will next take on world number one Daniil Medvedev next while Auger-Aliassime faces Italian Jannik Sinner.

Queen Elizabeth is said to be in favour of Kate Middleton and Prince William taking on the reigns of saving the monarchy from a ‘series of scandals’ with their upcoming tours, including one to the US, reported Life & Style.

An insider claimed to the publication that the 96-year-old monarch feels the Cambridges are a sure shot way to gain public interest back into the monarchy, especially following Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s incriminating claims against the royal family.

Just as Prince William and Kate are said to be preparing for a trip to the US later this year for the Earthshot Prize, a source said: “The Queen feels they (Kate and William) are the ticket to saving the monarchy after a series of scandals.”

The comments come after the insider also stated that Prince William has ‘no reservations’ in ‘stepping onto the toes’ of Prince Harry and Meghan after they ‘tried to ruin the monarchy’.

Royal couple Prince William and Kate Middleton’s charity has gone from strength to strength since their split with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, new figures show.

According to 2021 accounts, the income for the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of ­Cambridge stands at £20.4million.

This was marked Increase on the 2019 figure, which stood at £6.7 million

Charity Commission figures show that the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge received at total of £19.95 million in donations and legacies, and spent £15.13 million on charitable activities.

Funds are used for projects such as Prince William’s Earthshot Prize, which awards £1 million grants to winners.

It comes after Prince Harry, 37, and Meghan, 40, who left the joint foundation charity in September 2019, splitting up the ‘fab four’, finally dissolved their UK charity, MWX (Markle Windsor) Foundation, this week.

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The coule set up their own Archewell foundation in the US, which received less than $50,000 in ‘gross receipts in 2020, according to the US Internal Revenue Service.

The couple’s UK charity, MWX Foundation changed its name from Sussex Royal in late 2020 after the couple moved to California and were prevented from using their royal titles for work purposes by the Queen.

Previous figures from UK Companies showed that the now-defunct Sussex Royal charity had US$380,000 (£280,624) in its accounts in 2020 and spent at least US$55,600 (£41,084) on attorneys.

All the money in its accounts was transferred to Harry’s non-profit sustainable travel company Travalyst when it dissolved.

The Sussexes later founded Archewell at the end of 2020, which is registered in Delaware and has offices based in Beverly Hills.

Archewell’s website says the charity aims to ‘unleash the power of compassion to drive systemic cultural change’ through non-profit work.

The charity is set to be honoured alongside Harry and Meghan for its work advocating for Afghan refugees.

The couple, who will not receive the award in person, are also being thanked for their ‘generous’ donation to the Human First Coalition.

Archewell Foundation Executive Director James Holt will be receiving the Partner Organization Award on their behalf at an event next week in New York.

As well as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, US Sen Richard Blumenthal will also be receiving the Haji Abdul Rauf Service Award for advocating on behalf of Afghan refugees and asylum seekers.

The event will feature traditional Afgan food, music, performances and a bazaar with tickets costing $100 being donated to the organisation.

Daniil Medvedev will kick off the Canada Masters title defense against Nick Kyrgios on Wednesday. In his pre-tournament interview, Daniil spoke about his focus in the matches and how he prepares for every clash. The Russian mentioned last year’s Major finals duels against Novak Djokovic and what he changed between the Australian Open and the US Open.

Daniil came to Melbourne with a notable streak of victories and reached his second Major final. Novak Djokovic stood on the other side of the net and beat the Russian 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 in an hour and 53 minutes for his ninth Australian Open crown.

Novak earned a late break in the opener and gained a massive boost that carried him over the finish line after a rock-solid performance in sets two and three. Medvedev made sure to prepare better for the US Open final, eager to end Djokovic’s streak and claim the first Major crown.

Novak played for a calendar Grand Slam, but it was not to be for him on that night at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Daniil earned a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 triumph after a notable performance from start to finish. The Russian hit 38 winners and 31 unforced errors and produced bold and aggressive tennis to outplay the Serb and achieve a career-best victory.

Medvedev claimed the opening two sets with two breaks and earned a couple in the third to cross the finish line and join tennis immortals. Daniil barely lost a point on serve in the opener and grabbed a break in the first game for an instant lead.

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Daniil Medvedev

Daniil Medvedev spoke about his two Major finals against Novak Djokovic.

Medvedev kept his games under control and held in the tenth for 6-4 and a boost. Djokovic wasted five break chances at the beginning of the second set and paid the price soon after.

Daniil broke him at 2-2 and produced three comfortable holds to forge a 6-4, 6-4 advantage and move closer to the finish line. With nothing working his way, Djokovic experienced breaks in the third set’s games one and three to find himself 4-0 down and miles away from the historic title.

Making one last push, Novak saved a match point at 2-5 and scored his first break of the encounter to extend his chances. The Serb held in game nine to move 4-5 behind before Daniil sealed the deal with a hold at 30 a few minutes later on his third match point.

“My best example is when I played Novak in the Australian Open final. I had won 21 consecutive matches and was fully confident and on a cloud. It’s not that I did not prepare well for the clash because I followed my routine.

But in the end, Novak beat me easily. After the match, I thought, ‘How is that possible?’ I was feeling good, but something was missing. I was 100% ready to do better in the US Open final. I’m not saying I won because of that, but I was better prepared.

You can not do that for each match. In the third round, you would be exhausted because you would be overthinking. But still, you need to take every encounter seriously. All the players can do well, and I try to prepare for each match 100%,” Daniil Medvedev said.

Rafael Nadal withdrew from the upcoming hard-court tournament in Montreal on Friday because of the abdominal injury that caused him to pull out of Wimbledon ahead of the semifinals.

The Spaniard had been 19-0 in Grand Slam matches this year when he decided the injury was too much at Wimbledon. He won the Australian Open and the French Open to increase his major total to a men’s record 22 – one more than Novak Djokovic and two more than Roger Federer.

Nadal is a five-time champion in Montreal.

“I have been practicing for a while now without serving and started with serves four days ago. Everything has been going well. However, yesterday, after my normal practice, I felt a slight bother on my abdominal and today it was still there,” Nadal said in a statement. “After speaking with my doctor, we prefer to take things in a conservative way and give a few more days before starting to compete.”

Rafael Nadal

American player Mackenzie McDonald will replace Nadal in the draw.

Djokovic withdrew from the Montreal tournament on Thursday because he is not vaccinated against COVID-19 and is therefore not allowed to enter Canada.

2022 was a flurry of emotions for Novak Djokovic. The former world number 1 paid dearly for his choice not to vaccinate against the Coronavirus, not having been able to defend the title at the Australian Open at the beginning of the year.

The Australian soap opera also caused him serious damage to his image, with inevitable repercussions in the following months. For the same reason, the Serbian phenomenon also had to give up the Masters 1000 in Indian Wells and Miami in the spring.

The 35-year-old from Belgrade hoped to redeem himself at Roland Garros, but his race was already interrupted in the quarterfinals against his eternal rival Rafael Nadal. Nole came to Wimbledon with a lot of pressure on his shoulders, as his season was in danger of taking on the contours of failure.

The ‘Djoker’ did not play a flawless tournament, but proved to be the best in the decisive moments and took home his seventh Championships title. The Belgrade has shortened the gap that separates him from Nadal in the all-time Grand Slam standings, waiting to know if he will be able to fly to the United States or not.

During an interview with ‘La Repubblica’, Goran Ivanisevic spoke at length about his relationship with Djokovic.

Novak Djokovic

Ivanisevic talks about Djokovic

After revealing that Novak Djokovic could possibly play the US Open thanks to a special visa, his coach, Goran Ivanisevic, also spoke about the special relationship he has with his player in an interview with La Repubblica.

And according to Goran, it’s not easy every day: “For example, in training, he can miss a shot and go completely crazy, he is able to change his mood at any time. It takes time and patience to find a balance. At first I was shy and didn’t know how to handle it.

I realized that sometimes it was better to keep calm and not tell him. In our relationship, it helps that we speak the same language and have this Slavic culture. With all that, it’s an honor to be his coach.” Djokovic is training for the US Open 2022.

However, his participation hasn’t been confirmed yet because of his vaccination status. Earlier this year, the player was not allowed to play at the Australian Open 2022 and most of the hard-court season that followed the Grand Slam Down Under due to the same reason. But that has not diminished the hopes of the Serbian who hopes to play at Flushing Meadows later this month.