🤤😑😣 Emma Raducanu will be included in Friday's Wimbledon draw in what is the clearest sign yet that she will play at this year's Championships.
🤤😑😣 US Open champion Raducanu has been an injury doubt for Wimbledon, which starts on Monday, due to the fact she is still recovering from a side strain she picked up in Nottingham earlier this month.
🤤😑😣 There were murmurs she might opt to play in an exhibition match at the Hurlingham Club this week, to bolster her limited match practice on grass, but the injury has kept her confined to the practice courts.
🤤😑😣 There was better news on Thursday though as, despite taking a planned rest day, Telegraph Sport understands she is fully expected to be in the tournament draw, which is scheduled for 10am on Friday.
🤤😑😣 Raducanu, 19, is seeded No 10 this year – a major upgrade from her wildcard status just last year – and is due to train on No 1 Court on Friday.
🤤😑😣 There remain concerns that Raducanu has run out of time to recover fully for Wimbledon. But news that she intends to be part of the draw gives hope that she is still likely to at least try to play her first-round match. This weekend's preparations will be key to her final decision on whether the injury has healed enough.
🤤😑😣 Raducanu's homecoming to Wimbledon has long been tipped as one of the sporting highlights of the summer. It will see her return to the site of her incredible run to the fourth round last year, which paved the way for her success in New York.
🤤😑😣 She has been spotted training at the All England Club this past week, but has remained hampered by the abdominal injury she has been nursing since June 7. It has affected her ability to practise her serve among other shots.