As she nears a comeback, Emma Raducanu shares the first practice film she’s seen since her coaching split.
Despite working together during her historic US Open victory, Emma Raducanu recently split ways with her coach.
After parting company with the coach who helped her win the US Open, Emma Raducanu is back on the practice courts. The 18-year-old created history by being the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam, but she announced her intention to leave working with Andrew Richardson less than two weeks later, stating that she needed a coach with more tour-level expertise as she adjusted to her new life in the top 25.
Raducanu made history by becoming the first qualifier to reach a major final and then winning it, as well as the only player in history to win a Grand Slam title on only their second appearance.
The Bromley-born teenager arrived in New York with a career-high ranking of No. 150 and entered qualifying in the hopes of reaching her second consecutive Grand Slam main draw appearance.
She had the trophy in her hands after three weeks and had risen to global No. 23, where she is now ranked No. 22 in the most recent rankings update.
Despite her historic victory, the newly crowned champion revealed that she will no longer be training with Richardson in order to build on her Flushing Meadows accomplishment.
Raducanu isn’t the only coach to make a controversial decision.
The 18-year-old made her Grand Slam debut at Wimbledon earlier this year, surging into the second week after obtaining a last-minute wild card, propelling her from world No. 338 to world No. 179.
She was working with famed WTA Tour coach Nigel Sears at the time, who had previously worked with Anett Kontaveit and Ana Ivanovic and is also Andy Murray’s father-in-law.
Raducanu then decided to leave Sears and team up with Richardson, one of her youth coaches whom she had known since she was about ten years old.
Raducanu has made an intriguing decision to quit her association with Richardson after a great North American hard court season together, which included Raducanu reaching her maiden WTA 125k-level final at the Chicago Challenger before her historic run at the US Open.
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