Former British No.1 Opens up on Emma Raducanu’s Coach Situation Ahead of Indian Wells

Published 10/06/2021, 7:00 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 3, 2021 Britain’s Emma Raducanu reacts during her third round match against Romania’s Sorana Cirstea REUTERS/Peter Nicholls


Emma Raducanu stunned the whole world after clinching the US Open 2021 in just her second Grand Slam appearance. The 18-years old dominated throughout the tournament without dropping a single set and beat the Canadian prodigy Leylah Fernandez in the finals of the competition.

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After a successful US Open run, the Brit is aiming for her next title at Indian Wells. Raducanu has received a main draw wild card entry in the tournament. After splitting up from coach Andrew Richardson, Raducanu was seen practicing with Jeremy Bates, former British No.1 for Indian Wells.

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Former British No.1 gave his verdict for Raducanu’s coaching situation

Recently, Tim Henman, former British No.1, discussed Emma Raducanu’s coaching circumstances. Just ahead of Indian Wells, Henman feels Emma Raducanu should reflect and plan for the future in November or December.

He said, “First and foremost, Jeremy is out there in his role with Katie Boulter and is also involved in British women’s tennis. It is great that he can be there to support and if she’s got any questions around her matches or just be there to organize practice, it’s a familiar face.”

Sep 11, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of Great Britain celebrates after her match 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

Moreover, he highlighted, “Her coaching situation I’m sure will get addressed at the end of the year. She’s got a nice schedule now with three or four tournaments before the end of the year. November and December will be time for her to reflect and plan for the future. In terms of who that coach might be, I’ve got no idea. She needs to sit down and see who is available.”

Lastly, the former British No. 1 believes Indian Wells is a really important tournament and the spotlight will be on Emma Raducanu. However, he has got high expectations from both the US Open finalists, Emma Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez.

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Emma Raducanu received a main draw wild card at Indian Wells

The US Open champion has been awarded a wild card entry for the main draw of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. However, she’ll be playing alongside some prime players like Kim Clijsters, Simona Halep, Iga Swiatek, and Karolina Pliskova.

Sep 11, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of Great Britain reacts after winning the first set 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

If Raducanu progresses to the third round, she is likely to face the two-time Grand Slam champion, Simona Halep. That would surely be a fascinating contest to watch.

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analyzing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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