Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Emma Raducanu and Naomi Osaka will play season with new coaches
Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Emma Raducanu and Naomi Osaka will all play their 2022 seasons under the guidance of newly-appointed coaches.
20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal has added his friend Marc Lopez to his coaching team as he continues his push to finish his career as the most successful male player ever. Nadal is competing for this accolade alongside Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.
Nadal and Lopez share history after they claimed Olympic gold in doubles at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Lopez also won the French Open doubles in 2016.
The last time Nadal added extra personnel to his coaching team, the Spaniard claimed a tenth French Open and a third US Open title, as well as finishing the season as the Year-End number one.
Moreover, British three-time Slam winner Andy Murray decided to split with his long term coach Jamie Delgado and has appointed German Jan De Witt. The German coach has previously trained the likes of former World number six Gael Monfils and Nikoloz Basilashvili.
Delgado led Murray to a second Wimbledon trophy and helped the Brit reach the World number one position for the first time. Delgado will now coach rising Canadian star Denis Shapovalov.
Following her shock US Open victory as a qualifier, Emma Raducanu surprised many when she parted ways with coach Andrew Richardson.
After a lengthy recruitment process where she trialled Johanna Konta’s former coach Esteban Carrill, the 19 year old British sensation decided to appoint Angelique Kerber’s former trainer Torben Beltz.
Beltz coached former World number one Kerber to two of her three Grand Slam titles.
Finally, two-time Slam ace Naomi Osaka hired Wim Fissette ahead of the 2020 season but then withdrew from both the French Open and Wimbledon after revealing she had been suffering with anxiety and depression.
The Japanese star then decided to take a four month long hiatus following the US Open to prioritise her mental health.
Osaka recently made her return at the Melbourne Summer Set ahead of the Australian Open and is hoping for a better year under the continued guidance of Fissette.
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