Emma Raducanu is working with another new coach but has admitted that there is precious little time on the WTA Tour to make big changes to her game. The 2021 US Open champion has arrived in Doha for the latest WTA 1000 event, the Qatar Open, and looking to improve on a run of three straight second-round exits so far in 2024.
The 21-year-old has reunited with childhood coach Nick Cavaday in a bid to improve her form following an injury-plagued 2023. Raducanu underwent wrist and ankle surgeries last May, and during her lay-off split from Sebastian Sachs.
Now ranked down at 286 in the world, Raducanu will face Anhelina Kalinina in the first round. The Ukrainian will start clear favourite, ranked herself at 28 and having won the only previous meeting between the pair in Madrid two years ago.
And speaking as the first guest on the newly launched Sky Sports Tennis channel, Raducanu was open about her new partnership "When you start working with a new coach, they implement new things," she said.
"You want to give yourself time to do that, but on the tour, there is no time. So straight after Australia (Australian Open), I went back to London, took two days off to rest and then training right away.
"That's one thing I'm doing better. After a tournament, if I've lost, I don't need to take four or five days off because I'm too upset or I have a niggle. It's just straight back to it. Just consistent work and I'm improving little by little."
Raducanu has been widely criticised for her consistent hiring and firing of coaches ever since her incredible Grand Slam win in New York. After the tournament, she opted to split from Andrew Richardson, citing the need to work with someone with full-time tour experience.
She has not gone further than the second round of a Slam since, and last year Richardson finally opened up on the circumstances behind them parting ways. "The fact of the matter is that I had a nine-week trial contract that both Emma and I thought was a good idea to see how we would get on, and it ran through to the end of the US Open, stopping immediately afterwards," he told the Daily Mail.
"There was a period of time after that when I was keen to re-negotiate the contract. I wanted to carry on, and I had a plan that I wanted to put in place for Emma. "We were in the process of re-negotiating, and then I got a brief call from her agent telling me they were going to go in a different direction, and that was the end of it."2024-02-11T19:27:33Z dg43tfdfdgfd