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Emma Raducanu interest in ex-Andy Murray coach denied ahead of Wimbledon return

Daily Express logo Daily Express 28/05/2022 Yasmin Syed
Emma Raducanu is looking to work with Andy Murray's ex-coach Jamie Delgado © Getty Emma Raducanu is looking to work with Andy Murray's ex-coach Jamie Delgado

has been the centre of a new coaching rumour involving 's former coach Jamie Delgado as she returns home for the British grass court season following her French Open exit. Murray's ex-coach was recently fired by ATP world No 15 Denis Shapovalov but Express Sport understands that both Raducanu and Delgado have not been in contact over a potential new partnership.

Raducanu is currently without a coach after axing Torben Beltz after just six months together so she could "transition to a new training model with the LTA supporting in the interim." The world No 12 has been accompanied by the LTA's head of women's tennis Iain Bates for her last few tournaments but was said to have made contact with Delgado, according to the Daily Mail.

But there is now said to be no truth to the idea that the 19-year-old would try and get Murray's coach of five years onto her team ahead of the British grass court season, where she is currently signed up for the Rothesay Classic in Birmingham before she will make her return to Wimbledon, a year after making her Grand Slam debut as the 338th-ranked wildcard when she reached the second week.

Raducanu's current coaching setup is relatively disjointed, as she is receiving remote guidance from the LTA's doubles specialist Louis Cayer, who admitted his work with the teenager was "extra-curricular" to his work with the likes of Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski.

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Emma Raducanu lost in the French Open second round © Getty Emma Raducanu lost in the French Open second round

The British coach started working with Murray in 2016, his most successful season in which he won a second Wimbledon and third overall Major title, a second Olympic gold medal, and reached the world No 1 spot for the first time. The pair parted ways in the off-season at the end of 2021 before Shapovalov expressed interest in hiring the former British Davis Cup teammate.

But the Canadian ended his partnership with Delagado out of nowhere ahead of the Italian Open earlier this month, to the surprise of the 45-year-old. Shapovalov was travelling without Delgado for the European clay season but the pair were set to link back up at Wimbledon this summer, but the Brit remains a free agent with the Raducanu talks denied, and is still available as a coach.

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Emma Raducanu recently ended her work with Torben Beltz © Getty Emma Raducanu recently ended her work with Torben Beltz

"[Tim Henman] spoke to Jamie Delgao last night, who's been coaching Denis Shapovalov since the start of the year, and certainly to Jamie's surprise at the weekend he received a call to say that his services were no longer required," Marcus Buckland revealed on Prime Video during the Rome Masters.

Henman explained the conversation he shared with the coach, adding: "Yeah the job security or lack of job security as a tennis coach on the tour is pretty evident there. From Jamie's point of view it felt like the relationship was working well and Shapovalov had had some good results but that's where the player is in charge and Denis obviously felt that he wanted to go in a different direction and Jamie is the one who suffers the consequences of that."

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