Raducanu will 'go through a lot of coaches' in her career, says Petchey

Mark Petchey expects Emma Raducanu to “go through a lot of coaches” during her career as she continues her hunt for an experienced mentor.

Raducanu, 18, has been looking for a new coach since deciding not to continue with Andrew Richardson after her stunning US Open win.

This week she is working with Johanna Konta’s former coach Esteban Carril on a trial basis.

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Petchey, who worked with Raducanu from July-December in 2020 and then again from March-April this season, does not think the British No 1 will settle for a long-term coach.

“I think, to be honest, that Emma will go through a lot of coaches during her career,” Petchey, who also worked with Andy Murray at the US Open, told Tennis.com.

“Because she will take what she needs from someone and she will find someone else who will be good for something else. She’s very proactive about the way she wants to build her game.”

Raducanu also worked with experienced WTA coach Nigel Sears earlier this year, but they stopped after her run to the fourth round of Wimbledon.

Asked where Raducanu can improve, Petchey said: “Some of it will be small, and some of it will be significant serving, volleying, and her ability to move into the net.

“Not the actual technique – her technique is very good, I think she sometimes just doesn’t know where to stand. I think her forehand will become a more dominant shot.”

Raducanu’s first match since her US Open victory ended in a straight-sets defeat to Aliaksandra Sasnovich. She is next set to return to action at the Transylvania Open in Romania, where her father was born.

Petchey thinks these are “significant times” for Raducanu as she looks to build on her first major win.

“I think it’s off the charts. It’s the stuff of dreams, it’s movie-making,” he said. “Usually there’s this step-by-step, and preparing for this moment. It’s very unique.

For me to sit here and say I can see the future now, when I couldn’t guess the future before, the answer is no. I do think, having known her for as long as I have, that she’s one of the most mature and put-together 18-year-olds that I’ve ever met.

“I think she’s got a great chance of being as capable of handling it as anyone, but these are significant times for her. Some parts of it will be amazing and other parts of it will be challenging.”

While Petchey was surprised by Raducanu’s success at the US Open, he says he had seen some similarities to when he worked with Maria Sharapova as a youngster.

”I knew working with Maria, the way she hit the ball. I knew working with Emma the way she was hitting the ball and the improvements she had made, I knew she could win rounds at Slams and go deep, but obviously things fell her way.”

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Raducanu has trial with Konta's former coach Carril

Emma Raducanu is reportedly set for a trial spell with Johanna Konta’s former coach Esteban Carril as she continues to search for a new coach.

The 18-year-old had Andrew Richardson in her box during her shock run to the US Open title, but his short-term contract was not extended. At Indian Wells last week she worked with former British No 1 Jeremy Bates on a temporary basis, but she made a plea for experienced WTA coaches to contact her following her second-round defeat to Aliaksandra Sasnovich.

According to the BBC and the Times the next step on Raducanu’s hunt for a new coach will see her join up with Carril, who helped Konta rise from outside the top 100 in the world to the top 10 and has previously worked with the Lawn Tennis Association.

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Carril was with Konta when she made her first Grand Slam semi-final at the 2016 Australian Open and won her maiden WTA title in Stanford. The pair surprisingly split at the end of the 2016 season but Carril has continued to work with the LTA and British players, including Katie Swan and Jay Clarke.

Carril also played a small part in helping to develop Raducanu’s game, according to Mark Petchey, who worked with the new British No 1 for a few months in 2020.

“Emma was going out to play a British Tour match [in July 2020] and she said to me, ‘I can’t hit a kick serve’,” Petchey recalled to the Telegraph. “I didn’t want to address it until after the match, but it was because her technique needed a rejig. I had some help on that from Esteban Carril and now it’s looking a nice, smooth, technically correct motion.”

It is reported by the Times that if the trial with Carril goes well then “it is hoped by figures within British tennis that the partnership lasts for some time”.

Raducanu parted ways with Andy Murray’s father-in-law Nigel Sears after reaching the last 16 on her Wimbledon debut earlier this summer and then split with Richardson shortly after her US Open success.

Carril spent two-and-a-half years with Konta, joining her team in the summer of 2014 when she had dropped out of the top 100. The partnership appeared to be successful as Konta climbed the rankings – helped by a 16-match win streak in the summer of 2015 – and broke into the world’s top 10 in 2016. She was voted the most improved player on the WTA Tour at the end of the 2016 season.

Esteban Carril with Johanna Konta

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Konta split with Carril shortly after the death of her sports psychologist Juan Coto, who she had worked closely with after being introduced to him by Carril.

Raducanu has pulled out of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow this week but is next set to play at the Transylvania Open in her father’s home country of Romania next week.

Halep tells Raducanu to be ‘extra focused’

Simona Halep has urged Raducanu to stay “extra focused” as she aims to build on her US Open victory.

Raducanu was beaten in straight sets by Sasnovich at Indian Wells in her first match after winning her maiden major. She is set to return in Romania to play alongside home favourite Halep, who Raducanu has previously expressed admiration for her and called an idol.

Asked what advice she would give the British No 1, Halep said: “She has to stay focused, because, [she has] many, many years ahead of tennis, so I’m sure that she will win more. But, yeah, will be a little bit tough when she feels the pressure, I think.

Halep is set to compete at the Kremlin Cup in Russia and is scheduled to open against Anastasia Potapova. The former world No 1, who has not yet won a title this season, lifted her first major at the French Open in 2018 before following up with a second at Wimbledon in 2019.

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“I won my first Grand Slam late,” she said. “I won tournaments before, but you cannot compare that with the success of a Grand Slam.

“I cannot really talk about that, but I feel like from my experience that you have to be extra focused after those big successes, because you are so young and you don’t really have experience on winning titles, because I think (US Open 2021) was the first title for Emma, and it was a Grand Slam.”

Raducanu said after her Indian Wells defeat that she needs to “cut herself some slack” as she comes to terms with her new life as a Grand Slam champion.

“I’m kind of glad that what happened today happened so I can learn and take it as a lesson. So going forward, I’ll just have more experienced banked. I think it’s going to take me time to adjust really to what’s going on. I mean, I’m still so new to everything. I mean, I’m 18 years old. I need to cut myself some slack.”

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Cameron Norrie gave his chances of qualifying for the season-ending ATP Finals a huge boost as he became the first British player to win Indian Wells.
Norrie beat Nikoloz Basilashvili in three sets in the final to claim the biggest title of his career.

He is now up to No 15 in the world rankings, and is also up to No 10 in the Race to Turin rankings, which determine the eight players who qualify for the ATP Finals. But how likely is Norrie to make the finals? And who does he need to overhaul?

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Who’s already qualified?

The top four in the world – Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev – have all secured their places in Turin, which will be hosting the finals for the first time following 12 years in London.

Andrey Rublev and Matteo Berrettini look set to qualify as well, but the final two spots are up for grabs.

Casper Ruud currently occupies seventh place with eighth-placed Rafael Nadal not playing as he recovers from injury. That means Hubert Hurkacz is the final qualifier as it stands, although Norrie is just 160 points behind in the standings after netting 1,000 points for winning Indian Wells.

Jannik Sinner is 200 points behind Norrie and Felix Auger-Aliassime is 465 points back.

How many points are left to play for?

There are four weeks of tournaments left for players to pick up points before the ATP Finals start on November 14.

This week sees the European Open in Antwerp and the Kremlin Cup in Moscow (both ATP 250 events), followed next week by the ATP 250 St Petersburg Open and ATP 500 Erste Bank Open in Vienna. The final Masters 1000 event of the season starts in Paris on November 1 before the last ATP 250 of the year in Stockholm on November 7.

Norrie is set to take this week off before playing Vienna, Paris and Stockholm.

The winner of the title in Vienna will take home 500 points, while there are 1,000 on offer to the champion in Paris and 250 in Stockholm.

Who are Norrie’s biggest rivals?

If Norrie is going to make the finals he will likely have to get past either Hurkacz or Ruud, who have both been in good form this year.

Neither are playing this week but are set to return alongside Norrie in Vienna.

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Norrie could have slipped down to 11th in the rankings when he next takes to the court as Sinner has the chance to move ahead if he wins the European Open.

But Paris could be key to deciding who qualifies for the finals with plenty of points on offer. Along with the 1,000 points for the winner there are 600 for the runner-up, 360 for semi-finalists and 180 for quarter-finalists.

What’s Norrie said about making the finals?

Making the finals would be reward for a brilliant year for Norrie.

Only Tsitsipas, Medvedev and Ruud have managed more than his 47 match wins in 2021 and he has reached six finals, two of which he has won. He is also up to a career-high ranking and has overtaken Dan Evans as British No 1.

Asked about his prospects of playing in Turin, Norrie said: “I think even being in the conversation this late in the year with, what, four tournaments left after this, I think that’s impressive for me.

“If you would have told me before the year that would be the case, I would have been happy. I think that’s a lot of good progression. It would be nice to make it, but I’m going to keep going, keep taking care of what I can and handling what I can.

I’ve been really enjoying my tennis and been enjoying being out on court and competing in the big moments.

Norrie is bidding to become the first Brit to make the season-ending finals since Andy Murray won the event in 2016. Emma Raducanu was bidding to qualify for the WTA Finals in Mexico but is out of contention after losing her opening match at Indian Wells.

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5. Andrey Rublev – 4,165 points

6. Matteo Berrettini – 4,000 points

7. Casper Ruud – 3,015 points

8. Rafael Nadal (not playing) – 2,985 points

9. Hubert Hurkacz – 2,955 points

10. Cameron Norrie – 2,795 points

11. Jannik Sinner – 2,595 points

12. Felix Auger-Aliassime – 2,330 points

13. Aslan Karatsev – 2,030 points

14. Pablo Carreno Busta – 1,925 points

15. Nikoloz Basilashvili – 1,885 points

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After 18 months of low activity on the ATP and WTA rankings, there have been some big post-Indian Wells moves, with Roger Federer and Andy Murray two of the most notable fallers.

With the rankings having been frozen for a significant period of time due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 52-week format is now back in use and points from eight ATP tournaments and four WTA tournaments, as well as 2020 French Open points for the women, drop off on Monday, October 18.

Federer is losing 480 points from his total which means his lengthy stay in the top 10 – which has caused some controversy as he has only played 19 matches since the start of 2020 – is over.

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The 20-time Grand Slam champion has slipped out of the top 10 for the first time since January 2017, when he returned from a six-month injury absence as world No 17 to win the Australian Open.

Federer has dropped to No 11 in the rankings behind Hubert Hurkacz, who is into the top 10 for the first time after making the Indian Wells quarter-finals. With Federer not playing again this year as he recovers from knee surgery he is likely to fall even further as he will drop 900 points from his 2019 Basel Open title and semi-final run at the 2019 ATP Finals.

Federer has not been ranked outside the top 20 since April 2001, when he was 19.

While Federer has dropped one place, Murray has plummeted from world No 121 to No 172.

Murray’s drop is because he has lost the 250 points that he held for winning the European Open in Antwerp in 2019. The Scot is back to try and win the title again this week, and will be hoping for a ranking boost ahead of the 2022 Australian Open. If he can’t get back into the top 100 then he will need a wildcard for the Grand Slam in Melbourne or will have to go through qualifying.

New British No 1 Cameron Norrie is up to No 15 in the world after winning the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.

Norrie, who battled back to beat Nikoloz Basilashvili in the final, has also got a chance to make the season-ending ATP Finals as he is now just 200 points behind Hubert Hurkacz in the last qualifying spot.

Novak Djokovic still remains world No 1 – and his position has been strengthened despite not playing since the US Open.

Djokovic has only dropped 203 points after Indian Wells while world No 2 Daniil Medvedev, who was beaten in the last 16 in California by Grigor Dimitrov, has lost 1,025 points, most of which come from winning Shanghai in 2019. Djokovic is now nearly 2000 points ahead of the Russian in the rankings.

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Casper Ruud is up to a career-high No 9 in the world and closing on Dominic Thiem, who remains world No 8 despite dropping 680 points. Stan Wawrinka is out of the top 50 and down to world No 57, having not played since March.

There are two big fallers on the WTA side, where four events are dropping from the rankings and 2021 French Open points are replacing points from the rescheduled 2020 edition.

Iga Swiatek, who won the French Open in 2020, falls from world No 4 to world No 12 as she drops 1470 points. That means Naomi Osaka moves back into the top 10 despite not playing, while Ons Jabeur becomes the first Arab tennis player in a top-10 spot after her run to the semi-finals at Indian Wells.

Ons Jabeur celebrates

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Sofia Kenin, who lost in the 2020 French Open final, drops from world No 8 to No 14 as she loses 1059 points from her ranking. Petra Kvitova falls four spots to world No 15.

Emma Raducanu is down to world No 23 after losing her opening match at Indian Wells. Raducanu gained 10 points for her result in California but has been overtaken by Jessica Pegula, who made the quarter-finals last week.

Paula Badosa is up to a career-high world No 11 after winning the title at Indian Wells while runner-up Victoria Azarenka moves up to No 26.

‘I feel tired and angry…the system is unfair’

Danish youngster Holger Rune has voiced his frustration at the ATP rankings and the fact it has been so difficult for players to move up in the revised system over the last 18 months.

Rune, 18, has enjoyed some encouraging results but still finds himself outside the top 100 in the world and having to qualify for tournaments.

“You know I am a hard-working man and I normally never complain,” he wrote on Instagram. “This year I have fought very hard to achieve my goal of becoming top 100. ATP has continuously made it very difficult for me and many other young upcoming players because they have had a frozen ranking from 2019 meaning players on the ATP ranking still have their points from results made in 2019.

“Looking two years back on the normal ranking I would today be ranked 62 in the world and not 124. Does it matter? Yes when you are ambitious and hard working it matters to get your reward. With that ranking I would be able to enter better tournaments and I would feel that my hard work paid off.

“I feel tired and angry now because I think the system is unfair. I love my tennis but we have to compete on equal conditions.”

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US Open champion Emma Raducanu has pulled out of next week’s Kremlin Cup in Moscow, not long before the deadline was due for withdrawals.

The British number one says a tournament schedule change is the reason behind her decision, but says she plans to be back on the match court in the next “couple of weeks”.

After losing in her first competitive appearance since winning at Flushing Meadows, to Aliaksandra Sasnovich at Indian Wells, Raducanu said she would take her time to adjust to life as a top player on the WTA Tour, and that she needed to cut herself “some slack”.

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“Unfortunately I’ve had to make a tournament schedule change and won’t be able to play Moscow this year, but I hope to compete there and in front of the Russian fans next year,” she said in a statement.

I look forward to returning to the tour in the next couple of weeks.

Raducanu is next due to be in action at the Transylvania Open starting on October 25, an event which is likely to be special to her given that she is half-Romanian.

She is then likely to end the season at the Linz Open in Austria.

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Emma Raducanu will start her Australian Open preparations by playing an exhibition event in the Middle East in December.

The 18-year-old, who was beaten at Indian Wells in her first match since her shock US Open win, has signed up for the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, which runs from December 16-18.

Serena Williams, Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova have played in the women’s event in the past while Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray have competed in the men’s event.

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It has not yet been confirmed who Raducanu will be facing.

“I’ve never been to Abu Dhabi and can’t wait to go and play in the championship,” she said.

“I know the UAE is celebrating its 50th anniversary at the beginning of December, so I’m sure it’s going to be amazing there and I’m excited to experience everything the country has to offer both at the event and culturally.”

Raducanu is likely to head from Abu Dhabi to Australia ahead of the first Grand Slam of 2022, which starts on January 17.

Players are expected to have to quarantine for 14 days on their arrival in Australia, although the conditions have not been confirmed.

Prior to competing in Abu Dhabi, Raducanu is playing another exhibition event at London’s Royal Albert Hall on November 28.

She is also due to play in the Kremlin Cup next week in Moscow on the WTA Tour before events in Romania and Austria, or potentially the WTA Finals in Mexico if she qualifies.

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'It's just a little bump' – Murray, Evans back Raducanu to rebound after loss

Andy Murray and Dan Evans have both backed fellow Brit Emma Raducanu to come back stronger after her defeat at Indian Wells.

Raducanu, 18, lost her first match since winning the US Open as she was beaten 6-2 6-4 by Aliaksandra Sasnovich.
Murray, who came through a tough three-set match with Carlos Alcaraz to reach the third round, said he thinks the result will just be a “little bump” in the road for Raducanu.

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“What happened in New York was obviously incredible but in tennis and sport it doesn’t just go in an upwards direction all the time,” said the former world No 1, who next faces Alexander Zverev.

“There’s always little bumps and stuff along the way. It’s just a little bump, but I think pretty much everyone was sort of expecting that as well. I don’t think it’s anything unexpected, to be honest.”

“She’s unbelievably bright, well-educated and stuff. So you would imagine she would certainly be a lot better equipped to deal with everything that’s going on than most and deal with it in a more mature way than I’d have done when I was 18.”

Raducanu said that she needed to cut herself “some slack” after the loss, having not played for a month since her stunning win in New York.

British No 1 Evans, who beat Kei Nishikori 4-6 6-3 6-4 in his opening match at Indian Wells, thinks a “bit of normality” could be good for the teenager.

“I would not know what she’s going through. I think I read somewhere that she said it was sort of a good feeling to get that match out of the way, and that’s probably true, isn’t it, that she’ll now start getting back to a bit of normality where she can play and get ready for the next tournament,” he said.

Raducanu is next set to head back to Europe to compete in the Kremlin Cup in Moscow and then the Transylvania Open in Romania, the birthplace of her father. She is also entered into the WTA 250 Upper Austria Ladies in Linz, Austria, although that is in the same week as the WTA Finals in Guadalajara.

Raducanu has been without a coach since she parted company with Andrew Richardson, and said after her loss in Indian Wells that she is still seeking an experienced mentor.

Evans, who has spent periods of his career travelling on his own, said: “It’s not easy, obviously. But she’s got the right people to be able to do the right things at the tournament.

“If she needs to hit, she needs to feed balls, that’s no issue, where that was my biggest issue is that I didn’t even have someone with me. Obviously the coaching thing will be sorted soon, I guess. Then hopefully it might be a bit of a longer partnership.”

Evans continues his campaign on Monday as he faces 11th seed Diego Schwartzman in the third round.

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Emma Raducanu has issued a candid plea for experienced mentors to contact her following her tame defeat at the Indian Wells Open on Friday.

The 18-year-old split with Andrew Richardson, the coach who guided her to US Open success, four weeks ago, leaving her with no more than a skeleton crew to travel to the Californian desert with co-agent Chris Helliar, hitting partner Raymond Sarmiento (who lives locally in Los Angeles) and Jeremy Bates.

Had Raducanu reached her putative meeting with 2019 Wimbledon champion Simona Halep in the next round, she would have had no coach with her at all on courtside; Bates, a former British No 1, was always going to leave the tournament this weekend because of prior commitments with the British No 5 Katie Boulter.

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Further missing was Raducanu’s physio Will Herbert- whom she referred to as “the mechanic” during the US Open.

Although Herbert is expected to rejoin the camp soon after missing this event, the lack of team around the 18- year-old has led to the impression that her family, agents and advisors have been taken by surprise by her sudden emergence.

It is unusual for a prominent young player to have no mentor for a tournament as high profile and prestigious as the Indian Wells Open, and a plan for the future is now urgently required.

Speaking to a small group of reporters Raducanu said:“I think that I would love to have someone with great experience right now by my side.

“So if any experienced coaches are out there looking, you know where to find me.

“I don’t know what’s going on, I don’t know what’s going to happen next, but I’m sure that my team and everyone will be able to try and find a solution.

I wasn’t joking, if anyone knows any experienced coaches . . .”

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Raducanu intends to “make a decision in the next few days” on her schedule, she is due to play next at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow from October 18.

“I need to cut myself slack,” she said of her defeat.

“I’m looking at it from a big-picture term. This is going to be very small in the long term.”

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Emma Raducanu suffered a shock defeat as Aliaksandra Sasnovich dumped her out of the BNP Paribas Open in what was the British number one’s first match since her fairytale US Open triumph last month.

The Belarusian world number 100 was the more solid player throughout as an error-strewn display from the Bromley-based 18-year-old saw her crash out 6-2 6-4 in just one hour and 25 minutes.

Speaking during her on-court interview, Sasnovich said: “It’s very special. It’s the best tournament for me, it has the best food and the best people. I am really enjoying playing here.

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“I understood that I needed to come on to court and play my tennis and be 100 per cent. Emma has just won the US Open and I lost there in the first round! I just tried to do my best and came to enjoy it.”

On the prospect of taking on Simona Halep in round three after the Romanian saw off Marta Kostyuk 7-6 6-1, she added: “She’s a great champion. It will be an interesting match. Anyone can beat anyone.”

Raducanu, who was granted a wildcard for Indian Wells due to the fact the entry list was published prior to the US Open, arrived on court just 27 days on from her sensational victory at Flushing Meadows and kicked off with a love hold to suggest she was ready to pick up where she left off.

However, Sasnovich had other ideas and followed up a gritty hold from deuce by breaking to love, with a sumptuous lob the pick of her points.

Raducanu was struggling to work out her opponent’s game and looked a shadow of the player who produced such flawless tennis throughout her run in New York with 12 unforced errors blighting a disappointing opener for the Brit.

The 18-year-old was easily broken again in Game 7 and the Belarusian deservedly served out a one-sided first set on her second opportunity in just 30 minutes.

A lengthy opening game to Set 2 also went the way of Sasnovich but just as it seemed she looked certain to pull clear, the jitters set in with a pair of double faults.

Suddenly Raducanu had the momentum and she charged into a 4-2 lead, only to allow the lower ranked player to turn the tables once more with three games in a row. Sasnovich then served out the match to claim a famous victory.

The defeat could be a significant blow to Raducanu’s hopes of qualifying for the WTA Finals in Mexico and the teenager may well intensify her search for a full-time coach with Carlos Rodriguez, who coached Li Na to the 2014 Australian Open title, being touted as a potential frontrunner.

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The US Open champion Raducanu will be the star of the show with all eyes on her to see if she can continue the incredible form that inspired her to her remarkable triumph at Flushing Meadows.

“I’m ready for the next challenge,” Raducanu said in her pre-tournament interview. “I had such a great time in New York and an amazing experience.

“It started to sink in gradually, but I think I still will need time for it to fully sink in. But yeah, it’s a great place here and I can’t wait to get started.

“I think the form that I had in New York was a gradual build up of so many weeks of tennis, and I think that definitely helped that playing a lot of matches. But yeah, we’ll see what the future holds.”

As for Murray, he is appearing as a wildcard having last participated at Indian Wells when he was the world No. 1 back in 2017.

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Indian Wells is one of only two Masters events that the world No. 121 has not previously won, and he has been handed a brutal draw. The 34-year-old will open his tournament against Adrian Mannarino of France, but could then meet Spain’s rising star Carlos Alcaraz in the second round and Olympic champion Alexander Zverev after that.

Murray, who received a wildcard into the ATP Masters 1000 event, also has Italian stars Matteo Berrettini and Jannik Sinner in his quarter of the draw, but that has not diminished his dreams of having a positive run in the Californian desert.

“Obviously here in the desert, the very sort of light air, thin air, the ball travels very quickly through there and also the balls were very light as well,” Murray explained.

“That’s a bit different this year, which is good. The balls are pretty, pretty heavy and are travelling through the air a little bit slower, so they’re easier to control. I wish it had been like that in previous years, but conditions this year are a little bit more to how I like them.

“But yeah, traditionally when I’ve been playing here, this has been the tournament that I struggle with because of the conditions.”

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