"Having people who I know before I got famous": Emma Raducanu sees having coach she 'trusts' in Nick Cavaday as vital

Thursday, 18 April 2024 at 13:30
Emma Raducanu thrashed Angelique Kerber 6-1, 6-2 to reach the second round at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart with Linda Noskova next up for the Brit in her clay court quest. One that has seen her star at the Billie Jean King Cup last week and really emerge on clay.
Part of that revival could be accounted to her coaching system not changing, Raducanu went through a myriad of coaching changes during his rise since winning the US Open as a teenager with Andrew Richardson by her side. Some in particular did not fall that well on the Brit. But having Nick Cavaday now as her coach, it is looking up and for Raducanu, it is pivotal to have somebody there who also knew her before fame.
“I feel very comfortable working with him. I have known him since I was a young age, so he’s someone who I feel like I can trust, and that’s a big thing for me,” she said, following her opening win to Talking Tennis. "Just having people who I know before I got famous or I got any of the big whatever [was] coming my way, it was just good to have someone who’s known me before that.
“You know that their intentions are good, and they didn’t just come after the win and when everything is easy to just come and join. It’s a nice feeling. He knows pretty well how I operate. I would say I haven’t changed at all since I was eight or nine. But everything around me has changed, but it’s mentally I feel like I’m the exact same person.”

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