Britain’s Emma Raducanu

‘ALL YOURS’: Tennis legend Billie Jean King, right, presents the championship trophy to Britain’s Emma Raducanu after Raducanu defeated Canadain Leylah Fernandez, in the women’s singles final of the US Open, in New York, USA, earlier this month. —Photo: AP

Emma Raducanu has split from her coach, less than two weeks after winning the US Open as a qualifier.

Andrew Richardson coached Raducanu for two years at youth level and linked up with her again in July on a short-term deal for the duration of her time in the United States ahead of and during the US Open.

The 18-year-old said yesterday she wants a more experienced coach now that she will be playing in bigger events on the WTA Tour. “I’m looking for someone who has been at that level and knows what it takes,” Raducanu said. “And especially right now because I’m so new to it, I really need someone to guide me who’s already been through that.”

Richardson is a former Davis Cup player for Britain but has little experience of the WTA Tour. “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 and having the run I did,” Raducanu said, “and now I’m ranked No. 22 in the world, which is pretty crazy to me.”

Raducanu said she didn’t have a coach in mind to replace Richardson and doesn’t expect to make a decision until the end of the season. She is back in training after taking some time off following the US Open and is weighing up when to return to the tour, with the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells—one of the biggest events on tour—starting on October 6.

“I’ll decide in the next few days where I’m going to go to but, wherever I play next, I’m going to make sure I’m ready,” she said. “I don’t want to jump into things too early.”

Raducanu played with the Duchess of Cambridge, the patron of the Lawn Tennis Association, at a homecoming event yesterday. Asked if she had more nerves playing Kate or her US Open final opponent Leylah Fernandez, Raducanu said: “I was actually very nervous playing the duchess—I was like, ‘Don’t miss, don’t miss.’”

Raducanu, who ended Britain’s 44-year wait for a women’s Grand Slam champion, said Kate’s forehand was incredible. “I was very impressed. It was a lot of fun to play tennis with the duchess,” Raducanu said of the event hosted by the LTA Youth programme at the National Tennis Centre outside London.


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