Who is Emma Raducanu’s coach? Details about the British tennis star’s coach
Emma Raducanu has had a turbulent time in the nine months since she sensationally became the 2021 US Open champion.
Aged just 19, the UK women’s number one has enjoyed a meteoric rise to the top of the WTA rankings, winning BBC Sports Personality of the Year and parting ways with three coaches already in her career.
Ahead of the French Open, Wimbledon and her Flushing Meadows title defense, having the right team behind the scenes could be crucial for Raducanu’s prospects of establishing herself as a regular contender in 2022.
Who guides Raducanu at the moment and which coaches have worked with her in the past? sports news have a look.
Who is Emma Raducanu’s coach?
Ahead of the Madrid Open in late April, Raducanu surprisingly revealed that she had parted ways with her coach, Torben Beltz, after the pair worked together for just five months.
German Beltz is best known for helping transform Angelique Kerber from a precocious teenager to world number one, and was reportedly hired by Raducanu because she wanted an experienced guide during her first few months on the WTA Tour.
Raducanu thanked Torben for his “professionalism and dedication” in a statement announcing the split, adding, “He has a huge heart and I appreciated our strong chemistry during our time together.”
Iain Bates, head of women’s tennis at the LTA, accompanied Raducanu to Spain, where she won two matches before being knocked out of the competition by Anhelina Kalinina. The star called it an “interim” move and said she wanted to move into a “new model of training”.
Who was Raducanu’s first coach?
Before attracting attention with this remarkable victory in New York, Raducanu had worked with Nigel Sears, who is the father-in-law of British tennis great Andy Murray.
Sears previously coached Serbian world number one Ana Ivanovic, and Raducanu parted ways with him shortly before heading to the US Open.
Who was Raducanu’s coach when she won the US Open?
Andrew Richardson, one of Raducanu’s youth coaches, was in her dressing room when she defeated Leylah Fernandez in straight sets in the US Open final.
It came as a surprise when she parted ways with the former player, who will always be able to say he helped Raducanu become the first British woman to win a Grand Slam since Virginia Wade’s Wimbledon triumph in 1977.
— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) September 12, 2021
Why did Raducanu part ways with her trainer?
The question of why Raducanu changed coaches so quickly – four in less than a year is a quick turnaround even in the most demanding individual sports – may never be known for certain.
There has been speculation that Raducanu takes the approach of quickly absorbing information from coaches and then dispensing with their services once she feels she has learned all she can from them.
Italian Ricardo Piatti was named Raducanu’s potential new coach after preparing for the clay-court season by training at his academy, although she downplayed this as a convenience arrangement.
Before succumbing to injury against Bianca Andreescu at the Italian Open in May, Raducanu said: “I would describe myself as a loner.
“Being alone is interesting because I discover a lot about myself, I understand what I need and what I don’t need.”