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Emma Raducanu Australian Open 2022

Emma Raducanu confirmed to make Billy Jean King Cup debut for Great Britain

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Emma Raducanu will make her Billie Jean Cup debut next month when she lines up for Great Britain against the Czech Republic.

Raducanu, who has enjoyed a rapid rise since becoming the only tennis player in history to win a Grand Slam as a qualifier at the US Open last year, will take her place in a youthful GB line-up.

Veteran Heather Watson will not play as she focuses on improving her singles ranking instead, while Katie Boulter will also miss out with a foot injury.

That will leave Raducanu, Katie Swan and Sonay Kartal as Britain’s representatives.

Curiously, the tie will be played on clay in Prague, which is a surface Emma Raducanu is yet to make her professional debut upon.

“Every tie creates a unique pressure and intensity, which I’m sure our players will thrive on,” Great Britain captain Anne Keothavong said.

“Even though we have a difficult challenge ahead against the Czechs, I have every confidence our squad will do themselves and their country proud.”

Britain will go into the tie as big outsiders, with the star-studded Czechs winning the competition six times since 2011.

Raducanu has struggled since her remarkable US Open triumph, although she has climbed to number 22 in the WTA world rankings.

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