Emma Raducanu Did Not Breach Any Rules While She Was Bleeding During US Open 2021 Finals

Published 09/12/2021, 5:56 AM EDT
Sep 11, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of Great Britain sits in her chair waiting for a medical timeout after being cut during a point against Leylah Fernandez of Canada (not pictured) in the women’s singles final on day thirteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports


British teenager Emma Raducanu created history today by being the first player to win a Major as a qualifier. She was up against another exciting prospect, Leylah Fernandez in the all-teenager final of the US Open 2021. Both players will certainly go down in history for their recent achievements. 

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However, there came a point during the match when Emma Raducanu had to take a medical time out. Raducanu was bleeding from her knee and thus had to take one. According to the rules and regulations, when a player is bleeding the chair umpire has to stop play and ask for the physiotherapist to do a check on the player in context. 

Sep 11, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Leylah Fernandez of Canada (M) argues with WTA director Claire Wood (L) during a medical timeout for Emma Raducanu of Great Britain (R) in the women’s singles final on day thirteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

The rules stated, “If a player is bleeding, the chair umpire must stop play as soon as possible, and the Sports Physiotherapist must be called to the court by the chair umpire for evaluation and treatment. The Sports Physiotherapist, in conjunction with the tournament doctor of appropriate, will evaluate the source of the bleeding and will request a medical timeout for treatment if necessary.”

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Emma Raducanu won the US Open on her first visit to New York 

Eventually, the matter was resolved and Emma continued her fairytale run by winning the US Open 2021. It was her first attempt in New York and no one saw this coming. She can strike the ball with real venom, and with time, she is only going to get better. 

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Sep 11, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of Great Britain (L) hugs Leylah Fernandez of Canada (R) after their match in the women’s singles final on day thirteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

There is no denying that the British tennis star has a bright future. We wish her the very best for the remainder of the season and for the many more years she will remain on the Tour. 

Watch this story: Top Seeds Naomi Osaka, John Isner, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrey Rublev and Others Who Faced Huge Upsets at US Open

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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