Emma Raducanu enlists help of ex British No.1 on return to action after US Open

Emma Raducanu has hired former British No.1 Jeremy Bates to join her coaching team.

The US Open champion is no longer coached by Andrew Richardson, the man who guided her to a historic win in New York.

Raducanu, 18, decided not to renew her short term deal with him and opted to acquire the services of somebody more experienced.

Bates will assist Raducanu at Indian Wells alongside his work as coach for compatriot Katie Boulter, who is attempting to qualify for the Masters tournament.

The pair are familiar with each other as Bates is also the Lawn Tennis Association’s national women’s coach.

However, this alliance looks set to be temporary while the Bromley local continues to search for someone more permanent.

Raducanu is set to compete at Indian Wells, the event dubbed by many as the tennis’ ‘fifth slam,’ for the first time in her career this week.

The event is usually held in March but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic and was cancelled altogether last year.

Raducanu has been given a bye in the first round, meaning she will not take to the court until the following round later in the week.

The world number 22 has continued to ramp up her return to competitive action by entering next month's Transylvania Open.

She is now set to follow up appearances at Indian Wells and Moscow’s Kremlin Cup, with a trip to central Romania for the tournament which runs from October 25-31.

The news was revealed via the Transylvania Open Twitter account, which posted an image containing all the entry names along with the statement: "Double Grand Slam champion Simona Halep and US Open champion Emma Raducanu will be playing and US Open champion Emma Raducanu will be playing in Cluj!

"Ten of the WTA Top 50 players are in the main draw. This is going to be one magic week!"

The hard-court event, which carries a main prize of £250,000, could prove a poignant one for Raducanu, with Romania the birthplace of her father, Ian.

Raducanu will be looking to continue her magic summer which began by reaching the last 16 of Wimbledon, before climbing to a career high ranking following her US Open success.

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