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Bates helping Raducanu at Indian Wells

Emma Raducanu is being coached by Jeremy Bates on a temporary basis as she makes her return to the match court at Indian Wells this week.

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 has already been through that. Emma Raducanu

Bates, who is a former British No 1 and works as the LTA’s national coach, is in California with Katie Boulter.

The 59-year old brings a wealth of experience to Raducanu, having won 2 mixed doubles Grand Slam titles, while she considers a new permanent coaching arrangement for 2022.

The World No 22 has not played a match since becoming the first qualifier in history to win a Grand Slam title at the US Open in September where she was coached Andrew Richardson, while earlier in the year, at Wimbledon, the 18-year old was assisted by Nigel Sears.

Both have since been let go as Raducanu seeks somebody who has more experience of working on the WTA Tour.

“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 explained.

“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 has already been through that.”

Jeremy Bates, the LTA's national coach, already coaches Katie Boulter and oversees the development of British women players

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According to The Daily Mail, the agreement is that Bates is working with Raducanu alongside Boulter in Indian Wells where she is seeded and should receive a bye, which means she will not play her first match until later in the week.

Despite just making her debut in the main draw of a WTA Tour event earlier this year, the 18-year-old has a shot of qualifying for the season-ending WTA Finals in Mexico.

She is currently No 15 in the Porsche Race to the WTA Finals, and just 500 points away from 8th place, which is the last qualifying position.

With Ash Barty unlikely to be playing in the season-ending championships, as she is already at home in Australia, and on-going doubts continue over Naomi Osaka, Raducanu’s chances of qualifying increase.

The teenager is also preparing for her first full season on the WTA tour with the Australian Open in January firmly in her sights when she hopes her new coach will be in place.



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