Anett Kontaveit hires former coach of Emma Raducanu ahead of Wimbledon

World number two Anna Kontaveit has hired the ex-coach of Emma Raducanu Torben Beltz ahead of this year’s Wimbledon. 

The Estonian Kontaveit has been without a coach since the start of June after splitting with Russian Dmitry Tursunov, who was not permitted to travel to many tournaments following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Kontaveit has now announced on her official website that she has teamed up with Torben Beltz, who had a five-month spell with Raducanu that ended in April.

Beltz also worked with Angelique Kerber when she reached the world number one spot and won two Grand Slam titles in 2016.

The 26-year-old’s career took off after hiring Tursunov last summer as she won four titles, broke into the top 10 and made the final of the WTA Finals.

This season she has carried on her good form having won one title in St Petersburg and boasts an impressive record of 18 wins and 6 losses.

However, despite her success, Annett Kontaveit is yet to make it past the third round at Wimbledon and will be looking to Torben Beltz to break her fourth round hiatus.

Kontaveit is set to be the second seed at Wimbledon, which starts on June 27, but has not played since losing in the first round of the French Open as she recovers from the after-effects of Covid-19.

She was due to play this week’s Eastbourne International but pulled out of the tournament, saying,  “Unfortunately I won’t be able to come and play in Eastbourne this year.

“I still need to recover and take care of my health after my infection to Covid recently. I didn’t feel good on court lately so I prefer not to take any risk and [instead] come back when I will be at 100%. Hope to see you all in Eastbourne in 2023.”

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