Emma Raducanu sent clear message over next coach as tennis star dreams of Australian Open glory

Emma Raducanu sent clear message over next coach as tennis star dreams of Australian Open glory

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Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 16/01/2024

- 15:44

The Briton beat Shelby Rogers earlier on Tuesday

Former British No 1 Jo Durie thinks Emma Raducanu should stick with coach Nick Cavaday as she targets Australian Open glory.

Raducanu has chopped and changed coaches ever since winning the US Open back in 2021.

She has, however, recently reunited with Cavaday - who previously worked with the 21-year-old during her younger years in the sport.

Raducanu said she feels 'comfortable' working with the coach after her victory over Shelby Rogers on Tuesday morning.

Emma Raducanu

Emma Raducanu is dreaming of winning the Australian Open this year


And Durie, speaking to MegaDice.com, feels she should stick with Cavaday as she looks to get her career back on track.

“I think it is really important that she has cut right back, has a small tight knit group around her who she trusts and who have been with her since the start," she said.

"It is a very good idea.

"She knows Nick Cavaday from when she was 11 and 12 so there is obviously a good rapport.

"The trust factor is huge. And she is comfortable with that. She has got it right at the moment.

“It is hard to predict how she goes about choosing coaches and what she wants from them.

"I hope that she is happy in her current situation and it helps to spur her on.

"That is what you want from a coach, someone to help take a bit of the pressure off behind the scenes, to have someone you want to hear what they have got to say and it calms you down.

"If she has that in place and she is happy then why not keep him?”

Raducanu has struggled ever since her US Open triumph two-and-a-half years ago.

That victory was sensational, with the Briton still learning her trade at the time.

Raducanu has previously said she sometimes wishes she hadn't won the US Open due to the pressure it put on her shoulders.

And Durie sympathises with the Aussie Open star - while also expressing a belief that Raducanu won't want to be a 'one-hit wonder'.

"To go from almost nothing in the tennis world, from doing your A-Levels and playing small events to weeks later winning a Grand Slam from being in a qualifier, I still can’t get my head around it," she stated.

"And she has had to, in the glaring spotlight.


Emma Raducanu Shelby Rogers

Emma Raducanu beat Shelby Rogers at the Australian Open on Tuesday morning


"She has been projected into the stratosphere by people who know who, people who want a bit of her.

"She is so well known. She became an overnight sensation.

"To cope with all that at the age of 19, one can’t imagine it. She would not want to have been remembered as a one-hit wonder.

“It is strange that in her second year when she was struggling people were looking at her and dismissing her as almost a failure.

"Yet she’d won a Grand Slam! It was very sad to see her in the position she was.

Tennis Nick Cavaday

Emma Raducanu has been told to stick with Nick Cavaday by former British No 1 Joe Durie


"It should have been the best time of her life when she could enjoy her tennis the most because she had been so successful.

"Trying to come to terms with it all, not coping and feeling that pressure was such a shame for someone who had such joy in winning the US Open.

"That’s why we all loved her. It was pure innocence.”

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