Who will Emma Raducanu choose as her next coach?
Emma Raducanu has ditched the coach who helped her win the US Open so who could she choose as the next mentor to guide her through this crucial stage of her career?
Emma Raducanu has decided to part company from Andrew Richardson, the British former journeyman pro, who was at her side throughout her astonishing run to the women’s singles title at the recent US Open.
To some this decision will be a shock as the pair were obviously doing something right but to others changing your coach as your ranking improves is just part of the journey of an ambitious tennis professional.
Here Tennishead highlights some of the potential coaching choices for Emma Raducanu:
Most recently the experienced Australian has coached Simona Halep and has also worked with top names including Andy Murray, Ana Ivanovic, Fernando Verdasco, Daniela Hantuchová and Sorana Cîrstea.
He will be seen as a safe option with a proven track record for developing the games of Grand Slam winners and world No.1’s.
This would be a surprise to some as the Canadian turned Brit has never directly coached a top player, but he’s been involved behind the scenes with helping mould the careers of a number of promising young British players.
Rusedski has the added advantage of having experienced the highs and lows of being British No.1 and he reached the final of the US Open before losing to Pat Rafter.
He now spends time as a TV analyst where his insight is becoming more and more respected so don’t be surprised if you see him sitting in a players box at some point soon.
Prior to the US Open no-one would have predicted that the former British favourite would be considered as a potential coach for a British Grand Slam champion but throughout the US Open Henman was at the side of the court for every Raducanu match as a commentator for TV. It was during this time that Raducanu made a number of mentions of the influence of Henman on her game and she pointedly celebrated in his direction a number of times, most notably the very moment she clinched the US Open title.
Maybe not as a full time coach but having Henman in your corner as a paid consultant wouldn’t do any harm at all.
Currently without a player to coach, this British veteran has worked with the likes of Ana Ivanovic, Daniela Hantuchova and most recently Anett Kontaveit.
Known for his intense style and relentless work ethic, Sears is also Andy Murray’s father in law. His experience with WTA players will be seen as a benefit if he were to be offered this exciting role.
Having steered Andy Murray to his first Grand Slam trophy at the US Open in 2012 and then guided him through the most successful years of his career, Lendl has the experience and pedigree needed to take a player from the realms of high achiever to legend.
However Lendl can be difficult to get on with as Alexander Zverev found out when he took Lendl as his coach for an unsuccessful spell a few years back.
If Lendl were to coach Raducanu it would be on his terms or nothing.
This little known Brit has been successfully steering Elina Svitolina since 2017 and has helped the Ukrainian, now married to Gael Monfils, maintain a top 10 ranking reaching a peak of No.3.
Would Bettles bring much more than current coach Richardson? He certainly has the experience of managing a globe trotting star in the top ranks of female players and all the general admin that goes along with that. But with Raducanu no doubt seeking to add to her first Grand Slam titles it’s unlikely she would go with a coach who doesn’t have those credentials.
No-one can doubt the credentials of the well known coach to the greatest female player of all time, Serena Williams. But would Raducanu want all the attention that undoubtedly goes alongside having a coach who is almost as high profile as the player?
Mouratoglou has many other business interests as well as helping guide multiple top players such as Stefanos Tsitsipas but he would surely jump at the chance to be involved with the hottest prospect in tennis?
Tennishead’s prediction for the next coach for Emma Raducanu: Daren Cahill with Tim Henman as consultant
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