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Emma Raducanu returns today at the Nottingham Open and faces Ena Shibahara in the first round.

The former US Open champion is building up to Wimbledon after skipping the French Open to focus on her fitness.

Raducanu will test out her body today with hopes of building form and momentum ahead of SW19. Defending champion Katie Boulter edged past Harriet Dart yesterday, with the latter left furious after a line call. Dart offered a £50,000 bet to the umpire in the ill-tempered affair.

Ons Jabeur is also in action and the former Wimbledon finalist takes on Camila Osorio later today.

Follow all the live action from Nottingham in the blog below:

Emma Raducanu vs Ena Shibahara – Nottingham Open 2024

  • Emma Raducanu takes on Ena Shibahara in Nottingham

  • Andy Murray also in action today against Marcos Giron in Stuttgart

Emma Raducanu vs Ena Shibahara

14:19 , Sonia Twigg

The warm up is done, and the match is about to get underway. There is just enough time for one final drink before Shibahara serves first in the match.

Emma Raducanu vs Ena Shibahara

14:13 , Sonia Twigg

Raducanu might not have played on grass since 2022, and she dropped out of the French Open and the clay season to focus on grass in the build up to Wimbledon.

The players are out on cour and the match is about to get underway.

Game, set, match Evans

14:05 , Sonia Twigg

Dan Evans has won his match against Stricker, that is a big win, his seventh of the season, but he has not won any title since 2022.

Stricker had a back injury and this was only his second singles match this year, but he has gone out of the tournament in Nottingham.

Dan Evans vs Dominic Stricker

14:01 , Sonia Twigg

Stricker has come back on to the court but the injury is still clearly affecting him.

Evans has just broken in the final set and is about to serve for the match.

Andy Murray vs Marcos Giron

14:01 , Mike Jones

This first round match is the third scheduled on centre court in Stuttgart. It is due to start around 2.15pm BST.

Viewers in the United Kingdom can watch action from the Stuttgart Open live on Sky Sports Tennis, the British broadcast home of the ATP and WTA Tours. A livestream will be available via Sky Go.

Watson on reaching Paris Olympics

13:50 , Mike Jones

“My biggest goal in the last 12 months was to play in my fourth Olympics in Paris,” Heather Watson told the PA news agency, “So I put a big push on doubles in the last 12 months. I started off playing every week.

“It was after Wimbledon where I set that goal for myself because I just wanted to give it a good old go. Hopefully I am able to go and play doubles with Katie Boulter and mixed doubles with Joe Salisbury. That has been my main focus.

“I don’t know whether we have made it or not but now, whether we make it or not, I am going to focus on my singles because I have sacrificed it for the past 12 months.

“I want to get that back and I need to set new goals now. I am in a different place in my career and my life. London 2012 was one of the best experiences of my life. It is an honour to be at such an amazing event like that.”

Dan Evans vs Dominic Stricker

13:47 , Sonia Twigg

Stricker has left the court for a medical time out, and Evans has also followed him out of the cold conditions in Nottingham.

Dan Evans vs Dominic Stricker

13:45 , Sonia Twigg

Stricker has just slid awkwardly and might have injured himself here.

After a lengthy pause he gets gingerly to his feet, but is still receiving treatment.

The big question facing Carlos Alcaraz and Iga Swiatek after French Open titles

13:43 , Mike Jones

Iga Swiatek called it a “huge challenge”, while Carlos Alcaraz wanted to enjoy his third grand slam title before turning his mind to emulating Rod Laver, Bjorn Borg, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.

On the women’s side, there is Margaret Court, Evonne Goolagong, Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf and Serena Williams. Between them, it is a list of tennis legends and all-time greats – but a select group, too. They are the only players in the Open era to win the French Open and Wimbledon in the same summer.

The Roland Garros-Wimbledon double, or the Channel Slam, as it is sometimes known, is notoriously difficult to accomplish. Only the most consummate players have mastered the switch from clay to grass after the French Open and the transition between different surfaces while being successful on both, especially for those who go deep into the tournament in Paris.

It may not be as hard as it used to be, given there are now three weeks between the grand slams rather than two, as well as the changing nature of grass and how it plays, but it’s still among the toughest tests in the sport.

The big question facing Carlos Alcaraz and Iga Swiatek after French Open titles

Dan Evans vs Dominic Stricker

13:43 , Sonia Twigg

It’s three games apiece in the final deciding set between Stricker and Evans in Nottingham, and pair seem to be going toe to toe.

Raducanu will not be able to get out on court until the conclusion of this match.

Dan Evans vs Dominic Stricker

13:35 , Mike Jones

Emma Raducanu is up next at the Nottingham Open but first the match between Dan Evans and Dominic Stricker needs to reach its conclusion.

Britain’s Evans took the opening set 6-3 before Stricker won the second 6-4. Currently in the third set, Evans leads 3-1.

Britain’s Heather Watson set to learn whether Olympic doubles push has paid off

13:30 , Mike Jones

Heather Watson says she has sacrificed her singles career for the past 12 months in order to focus on doubles in a bid to qualify for a fourth Olympics.

The 32-year-old will find out in the next few days whether she has done enough to be part of Team GB in Paris later this summer.

Watson would play with British number one Katie Boulter in the women’s doubles and then most likely Joe Salisbury in the mixed doubles.

Britain’s Heather Watson set to learn whether Olympic doubles push has paid off

Raducancu on her improved fitness

13:22 , Mike Jones

Emma Raducanu faces Japan’s Ena Shibahara in the Nottingham first round today and says she is ‘really healthy, really strong’.

“Body-wise, physical-wise, I feel really healthy. I feel really strong,” said Raducanu, who played her first WTA match at Nottingham in 2021 before going on to win the US Open later that year.

“I’ve done amazing work with my trainer over the last few months, since surgery. I’m in a really fit place. I think my wrists are actually in a better position than they ever were.

“So there’s zero doubt or apprehension whether I’m hitting the ball or designing my schedule. It’s more about being proactive and not wanting to put yourself in any unnecessary situations.”

Andy Murray considers Wimbledon doubles campaign with brother Jamie

13:15 , Mike Jones

Andy Murray is considering playing doubles with his brother Jamie at Wimbledon.

Murray and Dan Evans’ scratch pairing was shortlived after they were beaten in the first round of the French Open.

But the two-time Wimbledon champion fancies another crack at SW19 this summer and might reprise his Davis Cup-winning partnership with his elder sibling.

Andy Murray considers Wimbledon doubles campaign with brother Jamie

Which other events is Andy Murray playing this summer?

13:07 , Mike Jones

Andy Murray opted not to defend his title in Surbiton, but is set to play both Queen’s and Eastbourne ahead of the year’s third grand slam, which starts on July 1.

The two-time Wimbledon winner appears ready to partner his brother Jamie for the first time in the men’s doubles at SW19.

Jack Draper on defeating Sebastian Ofner

13:00 , Mike Jones

Jack Draper triumphed in a tight contest against the big-serving Sebastian Ofner, winning two tiebreaks to take a 7-6 (4) 7-6 (5) victory in Germany.

“When it came down to it, I’m glad I competed really hard & got over the line. It’s good to be back on the grass,” Draper said during his on-court interview.

“I played point by point and I gave myself the best chance to win the game.”

Draper will face Andy Murray in the next round if Murray manages to beat Giron this afternoon.

Jack Draper sets up possible tie with Andy Murray at Stuttgart Open

12:52 , Mike Jones

Jack Draper got his grass-court season off to a winning start and set up a possible meeting with Andy Murray at the Stuttgart Open.

The British number two, ranked 40 in the world, began preparations for his home grand slam at Wimbledon with a straight-sets win over Austrian Sebastian Ofner on Monday.

It was a tight contest against the big-serving Ofner, with Draper coming out on top in two tiebreaks to take a 7-6 (4) 7-6 (5) victory in Germany.

Jack Draper sets up possible tie with Andy Murray at Stuttgart Open

Raducanu on Nottingham Open

12:45 , Mike Jones

“I would say Nottingham is a special place in my career,” she said. “I am fond of it because it’s where everything started, my first WTA match, then I played the 100k the week after and that is where I got my Wimbledon wildcard because I didn’t get it in the first announcement.

“I had to win two matches in the 100k and then I got the wildcard and made fourth round at Wimbledon. So it is a very special place, if I hadn’t got that wildcard who knows what would have happened, or if the US would have happened.

“So it is a compilation of small moments where you don’t know what is going to happen. It is obviously different coming back here having won the US Open than before.”

Emma Raducana speaks out about her injuries

12:38 , Mike Jones

“It was pretty surreal because obviously I couldn’t be on crutches because I’d had two wrist surgeries,” said the Brit about her injuries last season ahead of her Nottingham Open campaign.

“So I had a cast on one hand – I’d timed it so I didn’t have two casts at the same time, obviously – a splint on the other and my ankle was also pretty much immobilised, in a splint and stitches. I would just scooter around with one knee. As someone who is so active it’s difficult to just shut your body down.

“I think it’s very easy for me to lose sight of where I was exactly a year ago because it is pretty much a year ago to this day, this month.

“You get so caught up in your own world that you want more and more and more. But a year ago I was on a scooter scooting around and I didn’t know – there was an element of doubt. To be healthy and to be here, I need to cherish it. So thanks for reminding me to do that.

“Body-wise, physical-wise, I feel really healthy. I feel really strong. I’ve done amazing work with my trainer over the last few months, since surgery.

“I’m in a really fit place. I think my wrists are actually in a better position than they ever were.

“So there’s zero doubt or apprehension whether I’m hitting the ball or designing my schedule. It’s more about being proactive and not wanting to put yourself in any unnecessary situations.”

Emma Raducanu issues fitness update as Wimbledon preparation begins with grass-court return

12:30 , Sonia Twigg

Emma Raducanu has to remind herself she needed a mobility scooter this time last year as she prepares for her latest career reboot.

The 21-year-old will play her first match since April on Tuesday after choosing to skip the French Open in order to prepare for the grass-court season, which begins with the Nottingham Open this week.

Raducanu, whose 2024 playing schedule has been sporadic, is taking small steps on her road to recovery from three surgeries this time last year, where she went under the knife on both wrists and an ankle, leaving her needing assistance to get around.

Raducanu issues fitness update ahead of grass-court return

Harriet Dart bets umpire £50,000 over line call in ill-tempered defeat to Katie Boulter

12:15 , Sonia Twigg

Harriet Dart offered to bet the umpire £50,000 she was right about a disputed line call in her ill-tempered defeat to British teammate Katie Boulter at the Nottingham Open.

Dart told the official Kelly Rask that she was “embarrassing yourself” after the British No 2 was convinced a ball landed out during a rally in the second set of a tight tussle and later accused Rask of “threatening” her.

Defending champion Boulter kept out of the drama and sealed a 6-7 (5), 6-4, 7-5 victory.

Harriet Dart bets umpire £50,000 over line call in defeat to Katie Boulter

When are the matches and how to watch them

12:00 , Sonia Twigg

When is Andy Murray vs Marcos Giron?

The round one match is the third scheduled on centre court in Stuttgart on Tuesday 11 June, and will not start before 1.30pm BST.

How can I watch it?

Viewers in the United Kingdom can watch action from the Stuttgart Open live on Sky Sports Tennis, the British broadcast home of the ATP and WTA Tours. A livestream will be available via Sky Go.

The match will begin at around 1:30pm BST with Raducanu vs Shibahara is the second match on Centre Court.

When is Emma Raducanu vs Ena Shibahara?

The match will begin at around 1:30pm BST with Raducanu vs Shibahara is the second match on Centre Court.

How can I watch it?

You can watch the match with free-to-air coverage on the BBC Red Button. There is a live stream on BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website.

Tuesday’s coverage begins at 11:20am and ends at 8:00pm – Red Button coverage ends at 6pm.

Emma Raducanu vs Ena Shibahara start time: How to watch Nottingham Open online and on TV today

11:45 , Sonia Twigg

Emma Raducanu returns today against Ena Shibahara at the Rothesay Open in Nottingham, which runs from 10-16 June.

The Briton has been out of action for the last six weeks following defeat to Maria Lourdes Carle at the Madrid Open. The former US Open champion opted against French Open qualification, instead focusing on “keeping fit for the rest of the year” and the build-up to Wimbledon.

After missing the grass court season last year through injury after surgery, Raducanu looks to build momentum against the 21-year-old Japanese player, who is the world number 274 and was last seen at Roland Garros, reaching the second round of the mixed doubles and the third round of the women’s doubles.

Katie Boulter is also in action and begins her title defence against compatriot Harriet Dart, with former Wimbledon finalists Ons Jabeur and Karolina Pliskova also in the draw. Britons Cameron Norrie and Dan Evans will compete in the men’s Challenger event to run alongside the women’s WTA event.

Andy Murray and Emma Raducanu in grasscourt action

11:22 , Sonia Twigg

Hello and welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of Emma Raducanu vs Ena Shibahara at the Nottingham Open and Andy Murray vs Marcos Giron in Stuttgart.

Raducanu insisted before the tournament that she is ready and fit, having dropped out of the French Open to work on her build up to Wimbledon following wrist and ankle surgery last year.

Murray will start the preparations for what could be his farewell appearance at Wimbledon with a short trip to Stuttgart and take on Giron, who has moved into the world top 50.

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