Following her victory at the US Open, Emma Raducanu parted ways with coach Andrew Richardson and is looking for an experienced mentor to help her navigate her next stages on the circuit.
Richardson had previously trained Raducanu at Bromley Tennis Centre and was chosen to join her on her journey to the United States because of their familiarity.
Neither could have predicted where the partnership would take them and despite their incredible success, Raducanu has decided she needs a WTA Tour-experienced coach.
“Where I was at after Wimbledon, I was ranked around 200 in the world and at the time I thought Andrew would be a great coach to trial so we went to the States but never did I ever dream of winning the US Open and having the run I did and now I’m ranked 22 in the world, which is a dream come true,” the teenager said after a homecoming event hosted by the Lawn Tennis Association at the National Tennis Centre.
“I feel like at this moment in my career, facing the best players in the world, I realised I really need someone right now who has had the WTA Tour experience at the high levels,” Raducanu continued, “which means I’m looking for someone who has been there and knows what it takes.”
“And, right now, because I’m so new to it, I really need someone who’s already been through it to guide me.”
Raducanu went on to say that she does not currently have anyone in mind – though she is sure to be interested in the news that renowned coach Darren Cahill is now a free agent following his breakup from Simona Halep – and that she does not intend to make a decision until the end of the season.
Raducanu’s willingness to work with a variety of coaches has already been a standout element of her young career, and she has shown no reluctance to break a partnership if she believes it is the correct move, promptly parting ways with Nigel Sears after Wimbledon.
“Obviously, having such an experience with your team, it’s challenging to have that talk with anyone,” she said of her conversation with Richardson. “But I believe for me, it’s just truly what I need.”
Raducanu is back in training and considering where to return to the circuit, with the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, one of the most prestigious tournaments on the WTA Tour, set to start on October 6.
She stated, ” “I’ll decide where I’m heading in the next few days, but wherever I play next, I’ll make sure I’m prepared. I don’t want to get too involved too soon.”
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