British tennis star Emma Raducanu says it’s great to be back at Wimbledon, adding that it’s special to share the same court with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. Raducanu, 19, is now the highest-ranked British player and is receiving privileged treatment at the All England Club. During the last week, Raducanu has had the opportunity to practice on the courts reserved for the best players. On Monday, Raducanu faces Alison van Uytvanck on Center Court at Wimbledon. “I am really looking forward to going back to Wimbledon, I think it is the most special place to play tennis, and a very inspiring and motivating place. I’m really looking forward to going out on the pitch on Monday and yes, I’m ready to go,” Raducanu said, according to Sportskeeda. Raducanu considers Nadal and Djokovic tennis icons and she is delighted to be able to watch them closely and learn something from them. “I’m 19 years old, so seeing Rafa and Novak up close and being able to learn from them and walk among these great players is still special. I don’t think it will ever change when you see those greats and it’s amazing to have them around. It’s only my second Wimbledon, I’m very new to this, so it’s still a very special feeling,” Raducanu said. Djokovic will open the game on Center Court, while Andy Murray’s first-round match is the third scheduled in the Center track.
Roig speaks about Rafa Nadal
Francisco Roig is confident that Rafael Nadal will do everything in his power to find the energy needed to give himself the best shot to win the Wimbledon title. “Having the energy to do what he has done is very difficult. He needs that energy. After Roland Garros, which was a tough, tough, tough tournament, he had a few days off to reconnect mentally with another Grand Slam he, we can’t fool ourselves, he’s coming to win,” Roig said. “Then maybe he does a few semis and has played well, and he’s happy with himself, but he is who he is and he always tries to win,” he added. Former French tennis star and a widely known analyst Marion Bartoli believes the Spaniard could win his third Wimbledon title. Given his form, the former Wimbledon champion says no one should write off Rafael Nadal. Recalling how he surprised everyone with his performance in the Australian Open and French Open, she said. “At the Australian Open, when he was coming back from injury, none of us gave Nadal a chance there. At Roland-Garros, with everything that happened at Rome, none of us gave him a chance there. I do not want to write him off because he is definitely going to surprise us.”