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Emma Raducanu on track to play at Wimbledon and will be in main draw despite US Open champ’s injury scare

EMMA RADUCANU is on track to play at Wimbledon and will be in Friday’s main draw despite her recent injury scare.

SunSport understands the British No.1 has shown encouraging signs this week in training blocks at the SW19 grounds.

Raducanu plays a game of Spikeball ahead of Wimbledon

Raducanu appears to be in good spirits despite her injury scare earlier this month

Though the reigning US Open champion took a day off on Thursday, her team have pencilled in two sessions on the practice schedule for Friday.

The 19-year-old suffered a side strain in the first round of the Nottingham Open on Tuesday June 7 and required lengthy medical treatment on the court.

In the end Raducanu had to withdraw after just seven games and has not played a full match on grass since quitting the Wimbledon fourth round last year.

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With the type of injury she has – in an area where serving is difficult and painful – it is understood her camp are monitoring her condition on a daily basis.

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But the signs are positive that she will play on either Monday or Tuesday next week.

Overall, Raducanu has been in good spirits at Wimbledon’s Aorangi Park practice centre, smiling, laughing and playing impromptu games of Spikeball with her staff and training group.

The draw for the men’s and women’s singles competition will be conducted at 10am on Friday morning and there is the tantalising prospect the No.10 seed could be drawn against wildcard Serena Williams.

World No.4 Rafa Nadal and Italian Matteo Berrettini created history on Thursday as they became the first stars to play on Centre Court before the tournament had started.

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All England Club bosses broke with tradition and allowed access to the main courts – like they do at the Australian, French and US Open – in the days before it all kicks-off.

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This is a reaction to last year when several top names including Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Williams all slipped in the first round on the virgin surface.

To avoid a repeat of that, the groundsmen want the grass to be ‘played-in’ before the TV cameras start rolling.

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