British number two Heather Watson is being coached by Judy Murray at the Australian Open.

Heather Watson enjoys working with Judy Murray

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British number two Heather Watson is loving working with Judy Murray at the Australian Open but insists the partnership will not be made permanent.

Watson, ranked 53rd in the world, is being coached by the mother of Andy on an interim basis in Melbourne, after she split last month with Argentinian Diego Veronelli, who wanted to spend more time with his family.

The duo have worked together before in the Fed Cup, where Murray is British captain, but this is the first time they have linked up one-to-one.

"It's great. This is as close as I've ever worked with Judy and I'm absolutely loving it," Watson said.

"I feel like I've learned a lot. She's so easy to get along with and also on court I feel like I'm improving as well.

"We've been doing a lot on moving forward, coming to the net a lot. I feel like in my matches I am coming to the net a lot more than usual. Then we do all the tactical stuff as well."

On making the arrangement permanent, Watson added: "I am absolutely loving working with Judy but it is not going to be a full-time thing.

"She has got loads and loads of other commitments - she is a busy lady."

Watson continues to search for a permanent coach but is in no rush, having gone solo for around six months prior to appointing Veronelli.

Murray will likely be in the coaches box for her Australian Open first round on Monday, when Watson goes up against Hungarian world number 59 Timea Babos.

The pair know each other well, having come through the youth ranks at similar times and also played junior doubles together, but it was Babos who won their last encounter, a tight three-set match in Cincinnati last year.

Watson will be last on Court 8 but she might have hoped for a Tuesday match - as by her own admission she is still recovering from playing two opponents in one day at the Hobart International on Thursday.

With the schedule crammed by rain, Watson was given only an hour and a half between matches and ended up getting to sleep at 4am on Friday morning.

"I arrived here and I feel like I'm jet-lagged," Watson said.

"When it got to midnight I thought they might call it off but no... I was pretty p****d off."

Watson is one of six British players in the main draw at Melbourne Park, with Johanna Konta the other female, while Andy Murray, Aljaz Bedene, Kyle Edmund and qualifier Dan Evans represent in the men's tournament.

Edmund is the only other Briton in action on Monday as he takes on world number 81 Damir Dzumhur from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

It is a winnable tie for the 21-year-old from Yorkshire, who is set for an exciting year after recently breaking into the world's top 100 (he is now 88th) and making his Davis Cup debut in Britain's final win over Belgium, losing in five sets to David Goffin.

"The experience was very important for me," Edmund said.

"I'd been around that atmosphere, that feeling on the bench, but it is just a really different thing out there on court. You feel the situation a lot more, the atmosphere, the emotion of it as well.

"Obviously being on a winning Davis Cup side helps a lot. It was a massive weekend for me.

"You could say the pressure and nerves of the situation are not going to get much higher than that."

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