US Open champion Emma Raducanu has brought two-time mixed doubles Grand Slam champion Jeremy Bates on board for Indian Wells tournament.
The Brit had completed a fairytale run in New York as she became the first qualifier, man or woman, to win a major. But shortly after her title triumph she parted ways with coach Andrew Richardson.
“Where I was at after Wimbledon, I was ranked around 200 in the world and, at the time, I thought Andrew would be a great coach to trial,” Raducanu stated.
“We went to the States but never did I even dream of winning the US Open and having the run I did; now I’m ranked 22 in the world, which is pretty crazy to me.
“I feel like at this stage in my career, and playing the top players in the world, I realised I really need someone right now that has had that WTA Tour experience at the high levels.
“Especially right now, because I’m so new to it, I really need someone to guide me who’s already been through that.”
Even though she’s still in search of a full-time coach, Bates has been brought on as a coach on a temporary basis.
Bates, 59, confirmed to the Daily Mail that an arrangement is in place for Indian Wells. The experienced British coach is currently working with Katie Boulter as well and has been a captain of the British Davis Cup team.
Raducanu has a bye in the first round in Indian Wells.