Emma Raducanu turns to Andy Murray’s former coach Jamie Delgado as British No 1 switches her attention to the grass-court season following second-round exit at the French Open
- Raducanu has made contact with the former Davis Cup player Delgado
- The British No 1 is keen to tap into his expertise over the coming weeks
- There are constraints on the time she can spend with her Canadian coach
The British No 1 has made contact with the former Davis Cup player about tapping his expertise for the coming weeks, as her attention switches away from the clay after her second-round exit at the French Open.
Delgado recently split with Canadian Denis Shapovalov, who he began working with when his lengthy association with Murray came to an end late last season. He was in the Scot’s corner when he won the SW19 title in 2016.
Emma Raducanu is keen to tap into expertise of Andy Murray’s former coach Jamie Delgado
Raducanu is exploring her options as there are constraints on the time of veteran Canadian coach Louis Cayer, who also has commitments to doubles players Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski.
Cayer is in a jobshare situation as he spreads himself between the two doubles aces while giving technical support to Raducanu, which Salisbury admitted is ‘a bit of a strange situation’.
Salisbury confirmed that the coach wishes primarily to continue in his position as the Lawn Tennis Association’s doubles specialist. ‘Louis has said the doubles guys are still his priority so whether that changes at all we’ll see,’ said Salisbury.
‘It’s a bit of a strange situation with Emma, where he’s helping her out but not really her coach, which I guess is the same as what he does for us. We can have other coaches travelling with us but it’s a lot of players to manage and he is not going to be able to be at all the practices and matches.’
Raducanu will switch her attention to the grass-court season following her French Open exit
Raducanu is also prioritising a more stable situation when it comes to strength and conditioning and physio support as she prepares for a month which will see her in the glare of the spotlight.
She was followed out of Roland Garros on Thursday night by Dan Evans, leaving Cam Norrie as Britain’s only third-round singles survivor.
Evans will rue a missed opportunity as he went down to world No 95 Mikael Ymer of Sweden 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, and was booed at the end after hitting his final shot lamely into the net.
The match lasted a sapping three hours and 22 minutes, and the British No 2 appeared to be suffering from a heavy cold, calling the tournament doctor out on to court to receive medication after the third set. Evans confirmed afterwards that he had a chest infection.
Coach Delgado (left) was in Murray’s corner when he won the Wimbledon title in 2016
‘I gave away the last point but I couldn’t care less to be honest. I was physically spent,’ said a frustrated Evans later.
Norrie will attempt to make the second week of a Grand Slam for the first time when he tackles Russia’s world No 25 Karen Khachanov.
The left-hander has three times made the third round at a major but on each occasion faced either Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer, most recently losing to Federer at Wimbledon last year.
Given his improvement of the past 18 months this presents more of a chance, although the strapping Khachanov has a strong record at Roland Garros, having reached at least the fourth round on four occasions.
Dan Evans looked out of sorts as he slipped to a defeat to Swedish world No 95 Mikael Ymer
Meanwhile, Wimbledon may be extended an olive branch in the row over ranking points when All England Club officials have talks today with the tours.
The men’s ATP Tour, in particular, are under pressure from large numbers of their player membership to reinstate points at Wimbledon. Salisbury spelt that out after making the second round at Roland Garros. ‘Most people I have spoken to seem to think it’s pretty ridiculous,’ said Salisbury, who shares that view.
‘I don’t understand the logic for it. I don’t see how this is a good solution, especially in saying it’s for the fairness of the system.
‘I don’t see how it’s fair that there are people who do really well at Wimbledon and they don’t get points — that’s not fair and that’s going to completely distort the rankings.’