Emma Raducanu will not feature in Britain’s Billie Jean King Cup final qualifier against France next month.
Captain Anne Keothavong named the same side that reached the semi-finals in September and said former US Open champion Raducanu was “unavailable” for the tie in Coventry from 14-12. April 15.
Raducanu said after her first win at Indian Wells that she didn’t even know when the tie was, a comment that doesn’t seem to go down well with Keothavong.
The former UK number one responded to a report of the comment with a thinking face emoji on social media. She then posted separately, apparently in reference to this: “My communication skills are generally good in case anyone is wondering.”
Explaining his decision to keep the faith with Harriet Dart, Heather Watson, Katie Boulter, Alicia Barnett and Olivia Nicholls, Keothavong said: “I’m delighted to name the same team we had four months ago in Glasgow where we we gelled so well, and the team spirit was electric.
“There were some memorable performances throughout the week to help us reach the semi-finals.
“Harriet showed us what she was capable of beating the likes of (Paula) Badosa and (Ajla) Tomljanovic.
“We saw Alicia and Olivia make their Cup debuts, where they brought so much energy to the pitch and demonstrated how important the doubles are. Katie and Heather have proven themselves in this competition and are more excited than ever. to be part of this team.
“Although Emma is not available for this match, we look forward to seeing her back in the squad in the near future.”
Raducanu, who missed November’s final in Glasgow with a wrist injury, reached the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open this week before losing to world number one Iga Swiatek.