You already have a new driver. Emma Raducanu, 18, the brand new US Open champion, will be assisted by former Great Britain coach Jeremy Bates when the Indian Wells WTA 1000 tournament begins this week.
The British, without direct access to the contest in the Californian desert despite being the 22nd in the world, since the closing of the list was made before the New York tournament, will finally be in the main draw thanks to receiving an invitation special.
Raducanu was led by Andrew Richardson and now the surprise owner of the title in the American Grand Slam will have the contribution of Bates. Although the 59-year-old ex-player was already in Indian Wells in his role as coach of the also British Katie Boulter, in the context of LTA work, he confirmed that he will help the new jewel of the circuit.
It was announced that the deal is temporary and the young woman is not expected to appoint a permanent coach before the end of the year. Taking three weeks off from her success in New York, Raducanu is set for a busy month on the WTA circuit.
After Indian Wells, Raducanu will play the Moscow Kremlin Cup and the Transylvanian Open in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. She also entered the Upper Austria Ladies Linz tournament in November, but could be forced to rethink whether she qualifies for the WTA Finals, to be played in Guadalajara, Mexico.
In Indian Wells, Raducanu will have free the first round, in his official return after the consecration in the US Open. In this appointment three figures will be missing: the Australian Ashleigh Barty and the Japanese Naomi Osaka, by her own decision to rest, plus the recent loss of the Ukrainian Aryna Sabalenka, who tested positive for Covid-19.