Anyone for doubles? Emma Raducanu and Andy Murray chat on the practice courts and smile for the camera at Indian Wells as pair prepare for the BNP Paribas Open
- Andy Murray and Emma Raducanu have been preparing for BNP Paribas Open
- Raducanu is making her first appearance since becoming US Open champion
- Murray spent Thursday pleading for his wedding ring to be returned to him
Emma Raducanu has begun her preparations for her first appearance since being crowned US Open champion by taking on some words of wisdom from a British icon.
The 18-year-old, who turns 19 next month, was spotted heading out to training at Indian Wells with Andy Murray, as the pair prepared for their first round ties at the BNP Paribas Open.
Raducanu beat Leylah Fernandez inside the Arthur Ashe Stadium in September to become the first British woman to win at Flushing Meadows since 1968.
Emma Raducanu and Andy Murray could be seen chatting as they prepared at Indian Wells
The pair smiled for the camera as they caught up ahead of the BNP Paribas Open in California
In Murray, Raducanu found a partner with similar experience, the Scot having won the men’s competition in 2012.
The pair appeared in high spirits, chatting as they entered the courts and even posing for the cameras.
Murray could also be seen chatting with Raducanu’s temporary coach Jeremy Bates. The teenager dumped her coach Andrew Richardson just weeks after her US Open triumph last month.
Murray could be seen chatting to Raducanu and her temporary coach Jeremy Bates (right)
She has been given top billing at Indian Wells and appears as the main event on the main court on Friday evening – the early hours of Saturday UK time – as she tackles Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the second round having received an initial bye.
Murray has already had an eventful start to his Indian Wells experience this year, the tournament running for the first time since 2019.
The 34-year-old launched a social media plea to be reunited with his wedding ring after leaving them attached to his trainers, which he left under his car to dry after a training session.
Raducanu has been given top billing for her first appearance since winning the US Open
Posting a photo to his 1.7million Instagram followers, Murray showed himself holding his wedding ring and sniffing his shoes.
He included five hashtags to mark the positive update: #ring, #shoes, #stench, #goodbooks and #idiot.
Murray, who has been granted wildcard entry to the tournament, faces Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in his first clash.
Murray has already had an eventful experience in Indian Wells after losing his wedding ring