‘I can’t wait to go and play in the championship,’ says Emma Raducanu after signing up for lucrative event

Emma Raducanu plays a shot

US Open champion Emma Raducanu looks set to start her 2022 season in Abu Dhabi after being confirmed for the Mubadala World Tennis Championship.

The exhibition tournament is scheduled to take place from December 16-18 in Abu Dhabi and has in the past been used as an Australian Open warm-up event.

Raducanu, who went down in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open, believes it will be an “amazing” experience playing in the United Arab Emirates.

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“I’ve never been to Abu Dhabi and can’t wait to go and play in the championship,” the 18-year-old said.

“I know the UAE is celebrating its 50th anniversary at the beginning of December, so I’m sure it’s going to be amazing there and I’m excited to experience everything the country has to offer both at the event and culturally.”

Her opponent is yet to be confirmed, but the likes of Serena Williams, Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova have played in the women’s event in the past while Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray have all competed in the men’s event.

“Seeing Emma’s star rising with superb performances in the summer, and the fans’ reaction, we knew we had to bring her to Abu Dhabi, with Emma’s remarkable victory at the US Open reinforcing that decision,” John Lickrish, CEO of Flash Entertainment, said.

“Emma – and her opponent – who will be announced in coming days, will continue the legacy of the MWTC women’s match, which has a history of attracting the biggest names in some epic encounters.”

Raducanu is set to return to competitive action next week as she is on the entry list for the Kremlin Cup before competing in the Transylvania Open in Romania and the Upper Austria Ladies Linz.