When is Emma Raducanu next in action? US Open champion facing key decisions following 127-place rise in world rankings

Emma Raducanu is the hottest property in world sport right now.

The 18-year-old travelled to the USA last month in the hope of putting in a credible display in the US Open qualifiers as she adapts to life at grand slam level.

Emma Raducanu is the 2021 US Open winner
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Instead, Raducanu took to life on the biggest stage of all like a duck to water and defied all expectations by winning the US Open without dropping a single set along the way.

As well as adding her name to a glittering list of tennis’ grand slam champions, Raducanu has seen her status in the game skyrocket.

Holding a world ranking of 150 just last month, the Brit has risen a staggering 127 places to number 23 in the world.

As a result Raducanu will see plenty of doors opening for her in the coming weeks and months.

So when will the 18-year-old return to the tennis court? The answer is not yet known.

It’s been a momentous 2021 for the 18-year-old

When is Emma Raducanu next in action?

As it stands her next appearance is scheduled to be in qualifying for the WTA event in Chicago which officially gets underway on September 27.

Despite Raducanu’s rapid rise to 23rd in the women’s world rankings, entry to the event closed several weeks ago which means the 18-year-old would need to apply for a wildcard to progress automatically into the main draw.

Given that she’s now US Open champion, it would be a huge surprise if this wasn’t granted.

The other options for Raducanu would be the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California that starts on Monday, October 4.

Britain has a new sporting superstar in Emma Raducanu
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Again, Raducanu would need to apply for a wildcard to enter the main draw due to her world ranking being too low at the time of entry, however her newfound global stardom would surely see her given a place in the competition’s main draw.

Other than November’s season-ending WTA Finals, Indian Wells is the biggest event remaining on the 2021 tennis calendar and with a spot in the WTA Finals unlikely for Raducanu, the BNP Paribas Open in October could be the final competitive action of the year.

The 18-year-old is then likely to enjoy a deserved break ahead of the start of the 2022 campaign as she takes stock of what has been a momentous year for her and British tennis as a whole.