Emma Raducanu is expected to be absent from Roland Garros. GETTY IMAGES

British tennis ace Emma Raducanu has opted out of competing in the French Open qualifying next week, meaning she looks set to miss Roland Garros.

The 21-year-old has chosen to withdraw from the event after not receiving a wildcard. However, her decision is believed to be strategic rather than due to injury concerns. Her management team has not provided an official reason for her removal from the entry list at this time.

Due to her ranking, the 2021 US Open champion did not secure automatic qualification for the clay-court Major in Paris. Currently ranked 212th in the world, she previously reached as high as 10th place. At present, Raducanu ranks third on the list of alternates, implying she could potentially enter the main draw of Roland Garros without needing to go through qualifying if three other players withdraw from the tournament.

Qualifying matches commence on Monday 20 May, with the main event kicking off in the French capital the following Sunday. Raducanu's decision to abstain from participating suggests that she intends to dedicate additional time to preparing for Wimbledon, her home Grand Slam, scheduled to start on 1 July. 

The Brit has been inactive since April 24, following her defeat in the first round of the Madrid Open. Following a surprising 6-2, 6-2 loss to qualifier Maria Lourdes Carle, Raducanu admitted to feeling "mentally and emotionally drained". According to The Telegraph, she has been practicing on both indoor and outdoor hard courts at the National Tennis Centre in recent days, rather than on red clay.

British tennis player Raducanu looks set to miss the French Open at Roland Garros. GETTY IMAGES
British tennis player Raducanu looks set to miss the French Open at Roland Garros. GETTY IMAGES

This choice suggests that her attention is directed towards the English summer. Wimbledon's grass courts are set to open next week, amidst the plans to expand the area around the site, and Raducanu's decision may imply that she intends to embark on an intensive training regimen in preparation for her home Slam. 

Last year, surgeries on her wrists and an ankle sidelined her from playing on grass. As a result, her absence caused her world ranking to plummet to No. 303, and skipping Roland Garros will not help improve her ranking.

Following a month-long hiatus, it remains uncertain at which tournament Raducanu will make her comeback. One potential option is the ITF event in Surbiton, which commences on 2 June. 

The inaugural WTA-level grass-court tournaments of 2024 include the Nottingham Open and the Libema Open in the Netherlands, both scheduled to start on 12 June.