“This is where, when things haven’t gone to plan, you need someone to use as a sounding board to have that experience and to put a plan in place. She’s played really well the last few weeks to get some good wins under her belt but this is where it gets tricky.
“She’s so young, so inexperienced, she’s never played these tournaments before and this is where her very small team around her will have to try and help as much as possible.” The 11-time title winner who supported Raducanu court-side during her run to the US Open title also hoped her retirement in Rome would make he re-evaluate her coaching set-up.
“An early loss here perhaps will give her a chance to step back and get herself sorted physically and maybe make some decisions around her team perhaps going into the French Open,” he said. “If it’s not going to be before the French Open maybe going into the grass because that’s where she’s definitely going to be under the microscope more than any other time.”