Emma Raducanu hits back at doubters by sharing private text message ahead of Stuttgart

Raducanu is preparing to play the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix for the second successive year to start her clay season. The 20-year-old has already been in Stuttgart for a few days and took the chance to prove her doubters wrong following a practice session with world No 4 Ons Jabeur.

The world No 68 took to Instagram to share a screenshot of a private text message with an unknown recipient. “Good morning. Did u just arise?” Raducanu says, receiving a response saying “yes” with a crying-laughing Emoji.

“Wow,” Raducanu said, before the recipient informed her that they “slept at 2.” And the former world No 10 proved her dedication as she timestamped the message from 10:11am and responded: “I practised [for] 2 hours already haha.”

It comes as something of a response to Raducanu’s critics, as the Brit has dealt with an onslaught of judgement ever since winning the 2021 US Open title as a qualifier. With the US Open serving as just her fourth-ever professional tournament, the 20-year-old was still new to the circuit and embarked on her first full year as a pro in 2022.


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