Emma Raducanu WTA Miami Open 2022

Emma Raducanu prior to coach split was told ‘a coach is not make or break’

Britain’s Billie Jean King Cup captian Anne Keothavong had already told Emma Raducanu that she “doesn’t need to put too much emphasis on a coach” before her split with coach Torben Beltz. 

On Tuesday, Raducanu announced her split from Beltz after five months of working together.

It is the third coach which Raducanu has parted ways with in just nine months, as she split from Nigeal Sears after her Wimbledon breakthrough and did not extend her trial with Andrew Richardson after her historic US Open triumph.

The 19-year-old British starlet will now be looking to assemble a new coaching team ahead of the French Open next month.

However, former British number one Anna Keothavong has downplayed Emma Raducanu’s need for a new coach having previously admitted that it is not ‘make or break’ if she appoints someone new or not.

In an interview in January she told reporters, “I wouldn’t put too much emphasis on a coach making or breaking a player.

“Emma is a very independent young woman and she has the ability to figure it out herself. A coach is there to help and guide but ultimately it is up to the player and hopefully you can instil the confidence for that player to execute when it really matters.”

Keothavong’s thoughts have proven to be accurate as Emma Raducanu, in her announcement, said she is set to “transition to a new training model” as she has no intentions of appointing someone new.

In addition, the world number 11 stated that the LTA are set to support her “in the interim” which includes the Madrid Open next week.

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