Emma Raducanu coaching changes of ‘no concern’ says former British number one
Former British world number four Tim Henman has said he is “not concerned” by the coaching decisions and set up of Emma Raducanu as he believes the “biggest challenge” for the Brit is to be able to deal with the physical demands of playing on the WTA tour.
Last month, Raducanu announced she was splitting with renowned coach Torben Beltz after just five months of working together.
Interestingly, the decision to do so came after the British number one’s best run of results as she claimed her first professional clay court victory at the Billie Jean King Cup as well as reach the quarter-finals of the Stuttgart Open – losing to eventual winner and world number one Iga Swiatek.
Beltz was the third coach that Raducanu has parted ways with in just nine months, as she split from Nigel Sears after her Wimbledon breakthrough and did not extend her trial with Andrew Richardson after her historic US Open triumph.
Raducanu has been working with the LTA and will do so “in the interim.” – making it four coaches in a 10 month spell.
The Bromley born teen, since her coaching split, has showed signs of her returning to her US Open form, most notably at the Madrid Open where she reached the last 16.
However last week in Rome, Emma Raducanu was forced to retire due to a back injury in which she suffered during her third round match in the Spanish capital the week before.
Reflecting on a turbulent past couple of month’s for the 19-year-old, former British number one Tim Henman has said that he is “not concerened” by Raducanu’s coaching decisions, as he argued that her “priority” should be to become fully fit and healthy.
Speaking to Eurosport, the 47-year-old told reporters, “I saw Emma in Rome and she is in really great spirits and is playing really well.
“For her the biggest challenge is the physicality and demands of playing these tournaments at the highest level. She hasn’t had a great opportunity to build that physical platform and I hope that comes.
“In the short term I am not concerned about lack of coach, she will need to get that right at some point but the top priority is to be fit and health.”
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