Jessica Pegula provides ‘quick update’ that casts doubt on French Open participation

Jessica Pegula provides ‘quick update’ that casts doubt on French Open participation

Jessica Pegula has revealed that she may not play the French Open as she continues her comeback from a recent injury issue.

World No 5 Pegula has already missed the Stuttgart Open and the Madrid Open this clay court season, and it was confirmed on Monday that she had withdrawn from the Italian Open.

She also cast doubt on whether she would play at Roland Garros due to her ongoing injury, providing an update on her Instagram Story about the situation.

She wrote: “Hi guys – quick update

“Will miss Rome and possibly RG [Roland Garros]. I actually feel really good but have to work back into training at a snail’s pace.”

A quarter-finalist at the French Open in 2022, Pegula reached the third round in 2023 – so does not have significant points to defend – but will hope not to lose too much rankings ground if she is forced to withdraw.

It has almost been a month since the American last played – representing the United States in the Billie Jean King Cup.

Before then she had played some of her best tennis of 2024, reaching the last eight of the Miami Open and the last four in Charleston, which has been her only clay tournament of the season so far.

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Prior to that, Pegula struggled at the Australian Open, losing in round two to Clara Burel, and then skipped the Middle East swing due to a neck problem.

The former world No 3 also split with long-term coach David Witt earlier in 2024, though rebounded strongly from that setback by reaching the last four in San Diego.

Pegula has not confirmed what her current injury is, having also not mentioned it when pulling out of the Madrid Open.

“Hi guys, not a great update but I got hurt this past week before Madrid and Unfortunately not ready to play. Thankful for some extra time at home and hope to be back ASAP,” the American wrote on an Instagram Story at the time.

With a 14-6 win-loss record for the season to date, the 30-year-old will hope for a quick recovery, especially with her form on an upward trend before the BJK Cup.

If she cannot play at the French Open, her priority will likely be Wimbledon, where she reached the last eight in 2023.

She also has big points to defend at the Canada Open this summer, having won one of the biggest titles of her career at the tournament last August.

Pegula is also in line for an Olympics spot in Paris, likely holding ambitions to play singles, and doubles with Coco Gauff.

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