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Raducanu could be set for homecoming as Britain gets BJK Cup home tie

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Emma Raducanu could be seen on home soil again next month as the LTA announced that Great Britain’s Billie Jean King Cup tie against France would be staged in Coventry from April 14 to 15. The nation hosted the BJK Cup Finals in Glasgow last November but the 20-year-old was forced to pull out of the team after contracting a wrist injury.

The LTA has announced that Britain’s BJK Cup team will face France in Coventry’s Building Society Arena next month. The country’s tie against France was one of the few remaining qualifiers with a host venue, but the likes of Raducanu and Harriet Dart could be seen in front of a home crowd once again after staging the BJK Cup Finals in Glasgow last year, where Britain reached the semi-final for the first time since 1981.

Raducanu had been forced to skip the Finals after picking up a wrist injury that ended her 2022 season early but the team – led by Dart and Heather Watson in singles and Olivia Nicholls and Alicia Barnett in doubles – made it to the last four before losing to runners-up Australia.

The world No 80 had been part of Britain’s squad for their qualifier tie in April last year, when team GB faced the Czech Republic in Prague. At the time, it marked Raducanu’s first call-up for the main squad and her first professional match on clay, where she beat Tereza Martincova 7-5 7-5.

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