Tennis News: Emma Raducanu’s choice to break with coach Andrew Richardson after winning the US Open in 2021 has been questioned by John McEnroe.
After defeating Canadian youngster Leylah Fernandez in the Arthur Ashe Stadium final in September, Raducanu parted ways with her youth coach and has since been working with Torben Beltz, the former coach of three-time Grand Slam singles winner Angelique Kerber.
Raducanu’s coach, Richardson, had replaced Nigel Sears following her Wimbledon main-draw debut, in which she advanced to the fourth round before retiring due to lung difficulties in the second set of her match against Ajla Tomljanovic.
McEnroe was widely chastised at the time for implying that the occasion was “a little bit too much” for Raducanu, who went on to become the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam singles title.
Raducanu was eliminated in the second round of the Australian Open, losing in three sets to Danka Kovinic after defeating Sloane Stephens in the first round.
“It’ll be interesting to see how she manages [the pressure] because I’m sure it’s overpowering at times,” McEnroe told the Daily Mail. “Wimbledon was overwhelming for her, and then she had this incredible run [at the US Open].”
“I’m not sure why she changed coaches after that. You’d think you wouldn’t say I need a new coach since her coach brought her to the US Open Championship.”
McEnroe, a seven-time Grand Slam singles champion, stood by his words at the time and afterwards praised her ‘crazy’ performance at the US Open.
He’s now added that he’s cheering for Raducanu, 19, to establish herself as a perennial competitor on the women’s tour over the next decade, claiming that she has “everything.”
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