Emma Raducanu deleted a tweet after responding to made-up quotes from Carlos Alcaraz about her latest surgery. The Brit has now undergone two of three procedures that are set to sideline her for several months. After confirming her second surgery, a fake Alcaraz comment started circulating on Twitter that Raducanu herself initially fell for.
Raducanu underwent ankle surgery on Friday morning, two days after announcing her decision to miss several months of competition to undergo three procedures. The 20-year-old confirmed the news with an impromptu Instagram live stream from her hospital bed following the operation.
And it prompted a false comment from Alcaraz to begin circulating on Twitter after the ATP world No 2 won his Madrid Open semi-final. On what was the Spaniard’s 20th birthday, he was quoted as saying: “I want to dedicate this day to Emma Raducanu who had surgery today.
“I wish her a very, very speedy recovery, she doesn’t deserve any of this. I wish she comes back fast on court and maybe play some mixed doubles, I always wanted that.” The quotes were posted alongside a photo of Alcaraz being interviewed for Tennis Channel and a snap of Raducanu in hospital following her first hand surgery.
Fans made up fake quotes from Carlos Alcaraz to Emma Raducanu
And the fake remarks caught some people out – including Raducanu herself. On Saturday morning, the British No 1 replied to the tweet before swiftly deleting it, likely once she realized the comments were made up.
Alongside a heart and a prayer emoji, Raducanu wrote: “@carlosalcaraz ‘yours’ :)” Although she was quick to remove her reply, some fans caught a screenshot of her falling for the false quotes.
While Alcaraz will now contest Sunday’s Madrid Open final against lucky loser Jan-Lennard Struff, Raducanu is set to have her third surgery in two weeks’ time. She updated fans with a snap from her hospital bed and a handwritten note on Wednesday after battling with an injury on both wrists for almost a year.
Emma Raducanu had been battling wrist injuries for almost a year
“It is safe to say the last 10 months have been difficult as I dealt with a recurring injury on a bone of both hands. I tried my best to manage the pain and play through it for most of this year and end of last year by reducing practice load dramatically, missing weeks of training as well as cutting last season short to try heal it, unfortunately it’s not enough,” she wrote.
“I’m having a minor procedure done on both hands to resolve the issues. I’m disappointed to share that I will be out for the next few months and while I am at it will have another minor procedure that is due on my ankle.”
And in her post-op Instagram Live on Friday, Raducanu confirmed that she had just one surgery left, telling fans: “So good to eat but I just had my ankle done. So two out of three done and one to go but not for like two weeks’ time.”