Tennis Court: As her hunt for a new coach continues, Emma Raducanu remains ‘optimistic’

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Source: Skysports

Tennis Court: Emma Raducanu, the British No. 1 tennis player, is “optimistic” about finding a new coach before the Australian Open begins in January.

The 18-year-old Briton is unconcerned about concluding the season without a coach as she prepares to compete in only her second tournament since her spectacular US Open victory at the Transylvania Open in Cluj-Napoca.

Raducanu severed ways with coach Andrew Richardson after her victory in New York, stating that she needed a mentor with WTA Tour experience.

This week, she trialled with Johanna Konta’s old coach Esteban Carril, among others, and hopes to be hired before the 2022 season.

Raducanu stated, “Having a coach is fantastic in my opinion. However, you are once again on your own on the court.

“I don’t think it’s a good thing to be reliant. You must coach yourself. That’s something I’m working on.

“Being able to coach oneself is part of the experience I’m having.

“It won’t always work, as it did at Indian Wells, but if I keep doing it, I’ll be able to handle circumstances better in the future.

“This past week, I experienced a few trials. Esteban and I had a trial. But I also experienced difficulties with others.

“I’m excited about having something in place for the offseason and the Australian Open.

“No, I haven’t picked on a coach yet.” But things are progressing.”

The third seed Raducanu, whose father is Romanian and grandmother lives in Bucharest, will begin her campaign on Tuesday against Slovenian world No. 124 Polona Hercog, who she lost to in her first match at Indian Wells.

Her father, Ian, has travelled to Romania to join her team for the Raducanu competition, along with physiotherapist Will Herbert and IMG agent Chris Helliar.

“I adore Romania,” the adolescent added. When I was younger, I used to visit my grandma in Bucharest once or twice a year. It’s an hour’s flight away.

“When the tournament is over, I’d want to fly over to Bucharest and pay her a visit.” I haven’t seen her in almost two and a half years.

“The welcome I received was quite warm, and I always look forward to returning.”

“The people here are quite pleasant, with a fantastic sense of humour and delicious food.” This country has left an indelible impression on me. It feels great to be back.

“The truth is, I understand about 80% of Romanian.” I don’t want to exaggerate myself.

“I just have a hard time finding my words and vocabulary.” When I was told about this at the end of the session and that I would be speaking to the audience, I was thinking about my vocabulary during the changeovers.

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