Tim Henman on Emma Raducanu’s search for a new coach: ‘I’m sure there will be lots of interest in the job’

Emma Raducanu celebrations

Former British No 1 Tim Henman admits he has “no idea” who Emma Raducanu will name as her permanent coach, but he does believe the decision to delay an appointment is a good one.

Raducanu produced one of the most remarkable Grand Slam runs at the US Open in September as she became the first qualifier – man or woman – to win a major.

Andrew Richardson was the man who guided her to the title at Flushing Meadows, but shortly after the event the 18-year-old confirmed that the short-term agreement with Richardson would not be extended.

Emma Raducanu gives her first big press conference since the US Open as she prepares for return

A host of big-name coaches – including Darren Cahill, Nigel Sears and even Henman – have been linked with the job since, but Raducanu has confirmed she will only make an appointment at the end of the year.

Former British No 1 Jeremy Bates will be in her box at the BNP Paribas Open and Henman feels she will have plenty of time to plan for the future.

“First and foremost, Jeremy is out there in his role with Katie Boulter and is also involved in British women’s tennis,” Henman told talkSPORT.

“It is great that he can be there to support and if she’s got any questions around her matches or just be there to organise practice, it’s a familiar face.

“Her coaching situation I’m sure will get addressed at the end of the year. She’s got a nice schedule now with three or four tournaments before the end of the year.

“November and December will be time for her to reflect and plan for the future.

“In terms of who that coach might be, I’ve got no idea. She needs to sit down and see who is available.

“I’m sure there will be lots of interest in the job. Hopefully then she can put someone in place to build on the enormous success of the latter part of this year.”