Tim Henman says Emma Raducanu will need some time to think and plan for her future before she takes the leap and hire a new coach.
The British tennis sensation parted ways with Andrew Richardson shortly after winning the US Open in September.
Richardson had only been with Raducanu since July, succeeding Nigel Sears, and the 18-year-old is currently without a coach.
She will return to the pitch for the first time since her Grand Slam victory when Indian Wells starts this week.
Former British No.1 Jeremy Bates, who was supposed to be in California anyway in his role as coach of Katie Boulter, helps.
Speaking to talkSPORT.com ahead of the tournament, Henman said: “First and foremost Jeremy is there in his role with Katie Boulter and is involved in UK women’s tennis as well.
“It’s great that he can be there to support her and if she has any questions about her games or just to organize training, he’s a familiar face.
“I’m sure his coaching situation will be resolved at the end of the year. She has a great schedule now with three or four tournaments before the end of the year.
“November and December will be a time for her to reflect and plan for the future.
“In terms of who this coach might be, I have no idea. She has to sit down and see who is available.
“I’m sure there will be a lot of interest in the job. Hopefully she can then put someone in place to build on the huge success of the latter part of this year.
Indian Wells is one of the biggest tournaments on the tennis calendar and is played in October instead of its usual March slot.
It’s another event where men and women compete side by side, like the Grand Slam, and Henman was eager to see Raducanu on the pitch again.
He added: “One of the beauties of our sport are the combined events, there has been a huge interest in the big three of Federer, Nadal and Djokovic.
“I think there was an element of caution before the US Open because Federer and Nadal wouldn’t be playing.
“For me it was the best tennis grand slam I have possibly watched in my life and was put in the spotlight by the women’s event and what Raducanu did.
“Indian Wells is a combined event and I can’t wait to see Emma come back to the game field and Leylah Fernandez as well.
“She’s had an amazing story in New York and it’s going to be a lot of great tennis to watch.”
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