• Briton believes intensity of tour has caused ‘all of the niggles’
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Emma Raducanu says she is still “managing” the back problem she sustained last week in Madrid and the various niggles that have come with her first season on tour as she prepares for the Italian Open, which gets under way on Monday.

“I think it’s just coming from a lot of intensity and overload,” Raducanu said. “My back, I’m managing it. Like it’s fine. But it’s just trying to adapt again to the long matches, to the intensity. I think that all of the small sort of niggles I’m getting, they’re all related and connected to each other, when something is overcompensating perhaps. Yeah, we’ll see.”

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