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Paris 2024 Olympics: Emma Raducanu rejects wild card, Andy Murray in

British tennis player Emma Raducanu

Emma Raducanu has turned down the chance to play for Great Britain at this summer’s Olympics – but two-time singles gold medallist Andy Murray is set to compete in Paris.

Raducanu, 21, is ranked too low to qualify as she continues to come back from surgery on her wrists and ankle last year.

The 2021 US Open champion was offered one of two places by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) that are reserved for former Grand Slam champions.

Raducanu missed the French Open – played on the same clay courts of Roland Garros that will stage the Olympic tennis – to ensure she is fit for the British grass-court season.

The Olympics is sandwiched between the grass courts of Wimbledon and the hard courts of the US Open.

Given her injury issues, Raducanu said she thought it was “not necessary” to put her body through switching surfaces.

“I’m very single minded and I do things my own way and in my own time whenever I want,” said Raducanu, who lost to Katie Boulter in the Nottingham Open semi-finals.

“So not in a diva way, [I’m] just prioritising my body and my health because I know if I’m fit, I know if I’m giving my 100%, I know great things are happening and coming.

“I just don’t think there’s any need to put additional stress on my body or any risk, especially with my history.”

Iain Bates, the head of GB’s Olympic tennis team, said he was “very comfortable” with Raducanu’s decision.

“Everyone’s aware of her history and the double wrist surgery from last year,” he added. “That [change of surface] places a greater stress on her.”

Great Britain’s nominations were announced at Queen’s Club on Sunday.

The ITF will announce the full entry list for Paris 2024 on 4 July.

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