Emma Raducanu news: Face of new grassroots scheme a doubt for Indian Wells

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Emma Raducanu celebrates

British sensation Emma Raducanu has today signed a partnership deal with Vodafone to serve as the ambassador for Play Your Way To Wimbledon, which used to be known as the Road to Wimbledon.

This is great news for the 19-year-old, however on a sour note there are still big doubts over whether she’ll be able to play at Indian Wells this week.

Two weeks ago the US Open champion suffered a hip injury during her opening round match with Australian Daria Saville at the Abierto de Zapopan, meaning she had to miss out on the Monterrey Open, which was won by her opponent at Flushing Meadows last year, Leylah Fernandez.

She is due to keep her place in the women’s draw later today and the Bromley local has travelled to California and has allegedly been training well during her recovery but it’ll only be certain once she steps onto court.

Even if she feels ready for the opening round, there is no telling whether she’ll make progress in the competition or make her injuries worse and be forced to pull out of yet another match.

However, her partnership with Vodafone has no doubt lifted her spirits as she’ll get to play a big part in getting more young people involved in tennis from a grassroots level due to her being the ambassador for the new initiative.

Alongside announcing the launch of the program, she also expressed what personal goals she has for the rest of the season.

“My main goal is to see improvements in my game and look back knowing I’ve got better in certain areas,” the world No 13 explained.

“It’s my first year on tour so I’m very excited to have a full schedule and I’m sure I will have learned a lot by the end of the year.”

Indian Wells gets underway on March 9, while the Miami Open which Raducanu is also billed to be playing in kicks off from March 22.