Raducanu Drops Coach Who Led Her To US Open Triumph
London, Sept 24 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 25th Sep, 2021 ) :US Open winner Emma Raducanu has decided to replace coach Andrew Richardson with someone who has the experience to keep her at the top level on the WTA Tour.
Richardson, who coached British youth players, worked with Raducanu at Bromley Tennis Centre near her Kent home and then went with the 18-year-old to New York, where she entered her second major in the qualifying rounds.
"After Wimbledon, I was ranked around 200 in the world and at the time I thought Andrew would be a great coach to trial so we went to the States but never did I even dream of winning the US Open," Raducanu said at an event staged by the British Lawn Tennis Association at the National Tennis Centre.
"I'm so new to it, I really need someone to guide me who's already been through that.
She said it had been tough to axe Richardson after they had shared the euphoria of her US triumph.
"Obviously having such an experience with your team, it's tough to have that conversation with anyone, but I think for me it's just really what I need," she said.
Speaking to AFP on Friday the Frenchman said: "young Emma Raducanu...really impressed me. But now the 'crap' starts." Raducanu, who only played her first WTA tournament at Nottingham in June and then played two more tour events in the run up to the US Open, said she is weighing when to return to action.
"Wherever I play next, I'm going to make sure I'm ready. I don't want to jump into things too early," she said.
"I would never even have dreamed of before because it was just so far out of reach," she said.
"My priority is putting in the best possible pre-season that I can so I can start strong next year."Raducanu was feted in New York following her triumph. She attended the glitzy Met Gala and became an ambassador for New York-based luxury jewellery brand Tiffany.