Emma Raducanu Australian Open 2022

Emma Raducanu turns to former Novak Djokovic coach ahead of first clay season

Emma Raducanu appears to have turned to Italian tennis legend Ricardo Piatti as she prepares to tackle her first ever clay season.

The 19-year-old shot to prominence after becoming the first ever qualifier to win a major at the US Open last year.

Despite that, much about Raducanu’s game remains a mystery, with her yet to test herself on the WTA on clay.

However, she has sought out Piatti at his base in Bordighera, Italy, where she has been training on the clay courts.

She has also been working directly with Piatti, as well as Dalibor Sirola and Claudio Zimaglia.

Those three made up Jannik Sinner’s team until recently, when he decided to switch to Simone Vagnozzi due to Piatti’s reluctance to go on Tour full-time.

That makes chances of Emma Raducanu making Piatti her full-time coach appear remote, too.

She also only just appointed Torben Beltz as her full-time coach last November, so any relationship with Piatti and his academy would appear to be in a mentoring capacity.

That would still still be a shrewd move, with Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova working with him in the past, as well as Sinner.

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Michael Graham, Editor, has been a professional sports journalist for his whole career and is especially passionate about tennis. He's been the Editor of for over 5 years and loves watching live tennis by visiting as many tournaments as possible. Michael specialises in writing in-depth features about the ATP & WTA tours.