Brit star Emma Raducanu warms up for Wimbledon with spikeball session

Emma Raducanu warms up for Wimbledon with a spikeball session as the 10th seed looks to overcome injury ahead of next week’s tournament – and takes a selfie with Gary Lineker!

  • Emma Raducanu has been pictured enjoying a spikeball session on Wednesday 
  • The British tennis star is preparing for the upcoming Wimbledon tournament 
  • US Open winner Raducanu, 19, is the 10th seed for the competition on home soil
  • The teenager has been battling injury in the build-up to the SW19 tournament

Emma Raducanu has been pictured playing spikeball as the British star aims to recover from injury ahead of Wimbledon. 

The famous SW19 tournament begins next week and the teenager has been battling a side strain in the build-up to the tournament.

And Raducanu warmed up for the competition, which starts on Monday and continues until mid-July with some spikeball on a practice court.

Emma Raducanu (left) has been pictured warming up for Wimbledon with a spikeball session

The British star has been battling a side strain injury in the build-up to the famous tournament

The 10th seed has teamed up with ex-youth coach Jane O’Donoghue (left) for the tournament

Also known as ’roundnet’, spikeball is a sport generally played two vs two.

They line up around a small trampoline-style net, one teams serves to start, and they play on – alternating hitting the ball onto the net  – and ending when the ball hits the ground or an infraction happens, at which point the other team gets the point. 

The 19-year-old won last year’s US Open in a thrilling and dramatic underdog story.

However, she has struggled since then after contracting Covid-19 and picking up several injury niggles.

She has played only half a set since the French Open after she retired from the Nottingham Open two weeks ago.

Raducanu is keeping cautious with the side strain that ruled her out there, in the hope of being properly fit for the big fortnight. 

In the absence of a full-time coach, Raducanu has teamed up with former youth coach and family friend Jane O’Donoghue to help guide her during the competition.

Raducanu was recently named 10th seed for the upcoming tournament because Belarussian World No 6 Aryna Sabalenka will miss out.

The top 10 for the women’s singles are: Iga Swiatek, Anett Kontaveit, Ons Jabeur, Paula Badosa, Maria Sakkari, Karolina Pliskova, Danielle Collins, Jessica Pegula, Garbine Muguruza, and Raducanu herself.

The men’s top 10 are Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Casper Ruud, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Carlos Alcaraz, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Hubert Hurkacz, Matteo Berrettini, Brit Cameron Norrie and Jannik Sinner. Norrie’s compatriot Dan Evans is 29th seed.

Raducanu also bumped into TV presenter Gary Lineker, who took a picture with her.

The Match of the Day host posted on Twitter: ‘Just bumped into the brilliant @EmmaRaducanu. So as it’s #NationalSelfieDay here you go.’ 

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