Emma Raducanu confirms coach for Australian Open, then receives great news



by DZEVAD MESIC

Emma Raducanu confirms coach for Australian Open, then receives great news
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Emma Raducanu is officially set to work with childhood coach Nick Cavaday at the Australian Open.

Raducanu, who split with her last coach Sebastian Sachs in June, returned to tennis last week in Auckland following an eight-month absence. In New Zealand, Raducanu was accompanied by Jane O'Donoghue, who is also one of her childhood coaches. 

In recent days, there were rumors indicating that Raducanu was set to be joined by coach Cavaday in the opening Grand Slam of the season. Now, that has been confirmed as Raducanu was spotted on the practice court with coach Cavaday at Melbourne Park on Monday. 

Emma Raducanu
Emma Raducanu© Getty Images Sport - Quinn Rooney
 

According to BBC Sport, the decision that Cavaday would work with Raducanu during the Australian Open "was only made in the last week and BBC's Russell Fuller is reporting that the hope is that this is "just the start of a fruitful partnership."

Raducanu finds a coach for the Australian Open, receives an Abu Dhabi wildcard

Meanwhile, there was another positive Raducanu update on Monday as the Abu Dhabi Open organizers decided to give a main draw wildcard to the 2021 US Open champion, via Reem Abulleil. When the Abu Dhabi Open kicks off in February, the 21-year-old Briton will be making her debut appearance at the WTA 500-level tournament in the United Arab Emirates.

Emma Raducanu
Emma Raducanu© Getty Images Sport - Dave Rowland
 

Over the years, Abu Dhabi has established itself as a very popular spot for WTA stars as that's the place where players love to return to action after the Australian Open. This year won't be an exception as besides Raducanu, three-time Grand Slam finalist Ons Jabeur and world No. 11 Beatriz Haddad Maia have already confirmed their participation. When Abu Dhabi releases its entry list, it will very probably include more notable names.

The 2024 Abu Dhabi Open is scheduled to take place between February 05-11. It will be interesting to see how Raducanu does in her Abu Dhabi debut.

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