Emma Raducanu will be helped by the past British men’s No 1 Jeremy Bates when her main goal at Indian Wells begins not long from now.
The overhauled US Open chief, who completed her relationship with tutor Andrew Richardson after her abrupt achievement at Flushing Meadows, was seen practicing toward the week’s end in California with Bates, the head of public women’s tennis for the LTA, in the background.
Having required three weeks off after her shock achievement in New York, Raducanu is prepared for a clamoring month. After Indian Wells, she will play in the Kremlin Cup in Moscow and the Transylvania Open in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Raducanu has furthermore entered November’s Upper Austria Ladies Linz contest, but could be obliged into a rethink should she meet all prerequisites for the WTA Finals in Guadalajara.
The principal women’s draw at Indian Wells occurs on Monday with Raducanu, who has a first-round bye, vieing for her first WTA Tour win in the wake of getting a secret weapon to fight. The opposition is at this point shorn of a piece of its most high-profile players – world No 1 Ash Barty pulled out last week, followed by the No 1 seed Aryna Sabalenka, who revealed on Sunday that she had attempted positive for Covid-19. The men’s world No 1 Novak Djokovic, 2018 women’s saint Naomi Osaka and 23-times fantastic pulverize champion Serena Williams are in like manner not fighting. The men’s draw will happen on Tuesday.