Emma Raducanu made the shocking admission during a press conference on Thursday ahead of Great Britain’s Billie Jean King Cup match against the Czech Republic. Because her feet slide around in her shoes when she plays, the 19-year-old US Open winner claims she no longer has toenails.
“I have no toenails,” she said when asked if she was battling any injuries. “It was just my foot, my shoes, they’ve just been sliding around a lot in the shoe. “I had a small niggle in Miami but now I have no physical thing.”
Though, due to minor strikes on the toes over time, the strange condition is extremely prevalent in sportsmen. After Raducanu’s disclosure, GB teammates Harriet Dart, Katie Swan, and Sonay Kartal all laughed and grinned.
Raducanu’s illness, according to team captain Anne Keothavong, even helped the team unite.
“That’s what I believe we’ve been doing. And Emma’s toes have left us all scarred!”
Emma Raducanu feels confident on clay
Raducanu has struggled to find form since becoming the first qualifier to win a grand slam at last year’s US Open. The 19-year-old, on the other hand, believes she can reclaim her best clay-court form in Prague.
“I genuinely believe that clay could be one of my strongest surfaces,” she said. “I like moving because I feel like I have got a lot more potential physically. And I do enjoy sliding.
“I’m convinced that with more time on this surface, I’ll be able to time it better and learn more about the surface, as well as the time that the clay brings.” I think I’ll be able to put it to good use and play aggressively while still being able to maneuver. Going forward, I’m looking forward to spending more time with clay.”