Tim Henman gives verdict on if Andy Murray would coach Emma Raducanu


Tim Henman has been discussing Emma Raducanu’s next coach (Picture: Rex – EPA)

Former British No.1 Tim Henman says he would be ‘very surprised’ if Andy Murray became Emma Raducanu’s coach.

The 18-year-old is gearing up for her first Indian Wells appearance this week but heads into the tournament without a permanent coach.

Following her shock US Open triumph last month, Raducanu parted ways with Andrew Richardson, and has a temporary coach in Jeremy Bates alongside her for the BNP Paribas Open.

There has been plenty of talk over who could become the teenager’s new permanent coach with some reports linking Murray as a potential fit.

But with the three-time Grand Slam champion still playing on the tour at 34 years of age looking to get back to his best after injury, Henman thinks it’s unlikely.

‘Is there anyone who isn’t going to coach Raducanu? I think it would be quicker to list the people who aren’t going to coach her,’ he told talkSPORT.

‘I’d be surprised if Andy did that. First and foremost, he’s got a lot of tennis left in him.

Jeremy Bates is working alongside Emma Raducanu at Indian Wells (Picture: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

‘When you see his hunger, desire and motivation to come back with a metal hip, I’d like to think he has a good few years left on the match court before he starts thinking about alternative careers.

‘I’d be very surprised if I saw Andy coaching Raducanu.’

Raducanu begins her Indian Wells campaign against world No. 100 Aliaksandra Sasnovich in Friday’s evening session and has the added expectation to progress far in the tournament after winning her first Grand Slam.

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She will hope to end the year on a high before the 2022 season gets underway with the Australian Open in January.

And Henman feels she’ll have appointed a new permanent coach…

Source : metro

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