Emma Raducanu announces new coach on the eve of Australian Open

The 21-year-old returned last week after an eight-month injury lay-off (Picture: Getty)

Emma Raducanu has begun working with her former childhood coach Nick Cavaday again on the eve of the Australian Open.

The 2021 US Open champion was sidelined for large swathes of the previous year having undergone surgeries to fix nagging ankle and wrist injuries.

Prior to her injury issues, the Brit struggled to maintain a regular coaching set-up, with Cavaday set to be her seventh new coach in the 27 months since her shock Grand Slam win at Flushing Meadows in 2021.

Cavaday spent several years as the head coach at the LTA’s Loughborough Academy and has joined the 21-year-old out in Australia after the pair did some work together back in the United Kingdom before Christmas.

‘I’ve known Nick since I was 10 years old and he was helping me out the last week at the NTC [National Tennis Centre],’ she confirmed to BBC Sport.

Raducanu has been without a full-time coach since she parted ways with Sebastian Sachs in May shortly after her surgeries.

She will now target a successful return to Grand Slam tennis at the Australian Open having been granted a spot in the main draw of the tournament after making her comeback last week in Auckland.

Emma Raducanu shares photo from her hospital bed and shows off bandaged wrists after undergoing another operation on injury that ruled her out of Wimbledon

The Brit underwent surgeries to fix nagging ankle and wrist injuries last year (Picture: Instagram – Emma Raducanu)

The Brit triumphed in her first match back against Elana-Gabriela Ruse before falling to a three-set defeat against Elina Svitolina in the second round.

However, Raducanu looked to take the positives from the impressive display against the Ukrainian, who reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon last year.

‘It’s pretty exciting for me,’ she said after the match.

‘I’ve only played two matches and my court time has been pretty limited.

‘I’ve been training for the last few months at the LTA (National Tennis Centre in Roehampton) but I had a few setbacks with my wrists and ankles.

‘To be back up to this speed after so little time is a great sign. I’m looking forward to the season. It’s just the beginning, it’s week one of a lot more to come.’


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