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Emma Raducanu has blown conventional wisdom out of the water at one point in her career, but she risks becoming confused in her approach to coaching, says legendary former player Chris Evert.

Raducanu is currently working with LTA women’s tennis head Iain Bates, her fourth coach in just nine months after she renounced Torben Beltz in April, but he is not a permanent job.

The 19-year-old has said she’s somewhat of a “loner” on tour and “finds a lot about myself” but 18-time Grand Slam champion Evert was helped by her father Jimmy and then by Dennis Ralston says there are risks associated with their current approach.

“It might work for her. And it might be this brilliant new progressive idea, but it’s the first time I’ve heard from a player going down that path,” says Evert, who will follow Raducanu’s French Open campaign as Discovery’s expert.

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“I’m a creature of habit and need simplicity. And I need someone on my team to work with me on my game and strategy. It would be confusing for me to have different people listening to me all the time.

“Maybe that’ll just be the next big thing that’s going to happen in the game, but of course I can imagine having a coach and then bringing someone along to help you serve, for example. That’s realistic, but not having a head coach and not having a main person to go and look up to and just having a lot of people on your ear I think would be confusing for me.”

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Raducanu meets 17-year-old Czech Linda Noskova, herself something of a teenage prodigy who won the Junior French Open last year, in her first-round match at Roland Garros on Monday.

The British No.1 had never played a professional game on clay before heading to Prague for last month’s Billie Jean King Cup tie against the Czech Republic.

Since then she has won five of her nine matches on the surface but is still considered a huge underdog at the French Open.

Raducanu versus Noskova

date: Monday 23 May

time: 2.15pm, followed by Dodin vs Petkovic and then Norrie vs Guinard

TV: Eurosport 1 (Sky channel 410, BT 435, Virgin 521)

Live broadcast: Online only Discovery+ subscription sports pack for £6.99 per month or £59.99 annually on Sky, Amazon Prime Video channels, Roku and Vodafone and on the following devices: LG Smart TV, Samsung Smart TVs, Amazon Fire tv

“I feel like she’s been criticized for her results, but after watching her she seems to be playing pretty well to me, especially on clay,” adds Evert.

“I think her first priority is tennis. She’s said that, but I also think you can tell by her attitude, her body language, the fact that she’s practicing so much, and I really think she’s hungry.

“And I think it’s just the second year [second-year] Really blues now.

“Nobody knew about her when she won. Nobody knew how to play them. And now these trainers [of her opponents]they do their homework on her.

“They all watch them and they all watch patterns and very much like they probably do with the Iga [Swiatek] right now, and they’re optimizing the way their players compete.

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Raducanu herself believes that she has also made significant progress on clay, traditionally the weakest surface of any British player due to lack of courts.

“I’ve definitely come a long way and have probably progressed faster than I expected myself to in the past few weeks and I’m really enjoying the sand,” Raducanu said ahead of their first-round match.

“To be honest, I think I’m enjoying it more than I thought I would. Clay was like written off in the beginning, ‘Oh, it’s a clay court, just try it’. But now I really believe I can be good and faster than I thought.”

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