“It’s a worry” – Emma Raducanu must find ‘consistency’ says analyst
Former British professional tennis player Barry Cowan says Emma Raducanu needs to find a long-term coach to bring “consistency” to her game, arguing that the British starlet’s decision to part ways with yet another coach “is a worry”.
On Tuesday, Raducanu announced she was splitting with renowned coach Torben Beltz after just five months of working together.
The decision came after Raducanu’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.
It is 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.
Discussing Raducanu’s coaching set up, analyst Barry Cowan said that her constant change of coach “is a worry” especially at her stage in her career, as he argued that she needs to find a long-term solution to her coaching woes.
“Jokingly it’s like she started to do better so maybe a new coach was required!.
“That’s kind of been the theme with Emma since Wimbledon. I think it’s a worry. I have consistently said that what I’ve felt Emma needs is someone in her corner consistently. She is not able to have that.
“Moving forward it will be interesting to see who she works with. At this stage of any player’s career they are the most important years and the years when you need a consistent voice off the court and also on the court. Emma is not going to have that at the moment because she is looking for a new coach.
Cowan explained that it would be difficult for Raducanu to be successful if she keeps changing coaches every five months.
“Anyone who is not involved in the sport would think that’s a bit strange, she’s looking for a new coach. Most importantly, whoever she hires next this really does need to be someone who is with her for a long period of time because you can’t keep changing coach.
“You can maybe get away with it once or twice but you can’t keep changing coaches every four or five months and think long term that’s going to be a benefit.
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