Australian Open 2024: Fran Jones retires, Emma Raducanu practises-ZoomTech News

Britain’s Francesca Jones needed to be helped to stroll off court docket after retiring from Australian Open qualifying.

Jones had led 4-0 within the deciding set in opposition to Germany’s Ella Seidel earlier than cramping up in her left leg.

The issue flared up when the 23-year-old was serving at 4-2 and, after making an attempt to proceed, she needed to cease earlier than leaving the court docket in misery.

Oliver Crawford was the one British winner in qualifying as Harriet Dart, Ryan Peniston and Billy Harris misplaced.

Elsewhere at Melbourne Park, former British primary Emma Raducanu eased any harm fears in a two-hour follow session the place she confirmed no indicators of bodily issues.

Raducanu, who is about to play in her first Grand Slam in a yr after wrist and ankle surgical procedures, withdrew from two exhibition matches in Melbourne this week.

The 21-year-old made her aggressive comeback in Auckland final week after virtually 9 months out and felt soreness this week after enjoying two matches there.

Additionally on Thursday, British males’s primary Cameron Norrie pulled out of an ATP event in Auckland with a wrist harm.

It’s understood Norrie’s withdrawal was a precautionary measure earlier than the Australian Open, which begins on Sunday.

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