Emma Raducanu returns to action after a “very cool three weeks” looking to continue her hot streak in the Californian desert – insisting she has the experience to be her “own coach”.
The Bromley teenager enjoyed instant celebrity after her shock US Open triumph last month with appearances on US TV and at the Met Gala. But she will now get back to business in her first event since her fairytale in New York at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.
The British No.1, who will benefit from a bye in the first round before a potential third round clash with Simona Halep, said: “I am very excited to be here.
“It’s my first time playing in Indian Wells. It’s a beautiful place, I just can’t wait to get started,
“I’d say it’s been a very cool three weeks. I mean I got to experience some great things that I probably never would have got to do before.
“After that I just went straight back to training and focusing on this competition and the upcoming ones that I’ve got lined up.”
Raducanu is also scheduled to play in upcoming events in Moscow, Romania and Austria in a whirlwind autumn.
And she claimed she was not caught up in Emma-mania during her brief visit back to her Bromley base.
“When I was at home I still didn’t really go out,” she said.
“I didn’t go to a restaurant or anything. I was just at home with my family, I got some really cool invitations.
“It felt nice to receive the support and everyone’s kind messages and kind words but yeah I didn’t really get too caught up in it. I just focused on my tennis and my training.”
The world No 22 also announced she would split from coach Andrew Richardson who helped her to her New York triumph without dropping a set.
Jeremy Bates is in California working with her this week while the search for a full-time coach goes on.
“Jeremy is part of women’s tennis at the LTA so while he’s here he’s helping me out.
“But going forward, I’m just going to wait and try to find the right person. I’m not going to rush into anything and yeah I want to make sure that I make the right decision.
“At the moment I’m confident I know that even though I’m. “Brinkwire Summary News”.