Emma Raducanu breaks silence on new coach role ahead of Indian Wells debut

Emma Raducanu insisted she has the experience to be her own coach as she prepares to return to action at Indian Wells this weekend.

The 18-year-old parted ways with Andrew Richardson off the back of her success at the US Open last month, despite having only appointed her former youth coach fairly recently.

Raducanu enjoyed instant celebrity after her shock triumph in New York, with appearances on US TV and at the Met Gala.

But she will now get back to business in her first event since her fairytale at Flushing Meadows at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

The British No.1, who will benefit from a bye in the first round before a potential third-round clash with Simona Halep, said: “I am very excited to be here. It’s my first time playing in Indian Wells. It’s a beautiful place, I just can’t wait to get started.

“I'd say it’s been a very cool three weeks. I mean I got to experience some great things that I probably never would have got to do before. After that I just went straight back to training and focusing on this competition and the upcoming ones that I’ve got lined up.”

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Raducanu is also scheduled to play in upcoming events in Moscow, Romania and Austria in a whirlwind autumn. And she claimed she was not caught up in Emma-mania during her brief visit back to her Bromley base.

“When I was at home I still didn't really go out,” she said. “I didn't go to a restaurant or anything. I was just at home with my family, I got some really cool invitations. It felt nice to receive the support and everyone's kind messages and kind words but yeah I didn't really get too caught up in it. I just focused on my tennis and my training.”

The world No.22 recently announced she would split from coach Richardson. Former British No.1 men's player Jeremy Bates is in California working with her this week while the search for a full-time coach goes on.

“Jeremy is part of women's tennis at the LTA so while he's here he's helping me out. But going forward, I'm just going to wait and try to find the right person. I'm not going to rush into anything and yeah I want to make sure that I make the right decision.

“At the moment I'm confident I know that even though I'm quite young, I've got a lot of experience banked. And at the end of the day you're out there on your own and you have to be your own coach on the court. I'm pretty comfortable but I'm just looking for the general things in a coach really – someone that you get along with well and someone who can push you.”

Her first match – on either Friday or Saturday – will be against either world No.71 Maria Camila Osorio from Colombia or Aliaksandra Sasnovich,the Belarusian world No.100.

Raducanu said Tim Henman and “other pro tennis players” had been very supportive since her first Major triumph.

“I really appreciate them reaching out and trying to help sometimes," she said. "The single most beneficial piece of advice? Just keep having fun with it really. I'd say that's the biggest thing.”

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