Emma Raducanu first appearance in the country of her father’s birth will be played out in front of empty stands.
The Transylvanian Open announced that, due to a ‘last-minute’ Covid-related decision by the Romanian government, fans would not be admitted to next week’s tournament. Cases of the virus are at record levels in the country.
As well as the US Open champion, local fans will now be robbed of the chance to see Romanian superstar and 2019 Wimbledon champion Simona Halep.
Emma Raducanu will play in an empty stadium at the Transylvanian Open next month
Meanwhile, Raducanu is believed to be lining up Esteban Carril, the Spaniard who helped turn Jo Konta into a world-class player.
Carril, 44, had a journeyman career as a player but has gained a glowing reputation as a coach. He took Konta from outside the top 100 to No 10 before they surprisingly split in late 2016, shortly after she had been voted most improved player of that year.
While there has yet to be official confirmation, he looks like the candidate identified to take on Konta’s successor as British No 1. She has been without a coach since the deal with Andrew Richardson was not renewed after New York.
Carril has had a lengthy tie-up with the British game and the Lawn Tennis Association. He has recently been with Katie Swan and was also involved briefly at the troubled LTA Academy project in Stirling.
Meanwhile, Esteban Carril (R) has emerged as the frontrunner to be Raducanu’s new coach