Emma Raducanu has finally confirmed that Torben Beltz will be her coach after a lengthy search for Andrew Richardson’s replacement. The British sensation brutally dumped Richardson after her US Open success in September.
The 18-year-old has been trialling different coaches but appears to have landed Beltz, who previous worked with former World No 1 and Raducanu’s idol Angelique Kerber.
Raducanu ended her incredible season with a disappointing last-16 defeat at the Linz Open.
She was beaten 1-6 7-6 7-5 by 20-year-old 106-ranked Wang Xinyu.
But there was still positive news for Raducanu as she confirmed the appointment of a new coach. The Bromley-based star’s form had dipped after he split from Richardson.
Her former coach, who had previously overseen her development at youth level, guided her to her groundbreaking US Open success.
The 44-year-old Beltz helped Kerber win the Australian and US Opens. Raducanu has admitted that she is ‘excited’ and feeling ‘confident’ about working with the German.
“You guys cracked it. It’s obviously a great privilege to be working with such an experienced coach,” Raducanu said when asked if Beltz will be her new permanent coach.
“I’m definitely very excited to work with him throughout the pre-season and into next year so things are looking up and it’s a very, very positive feeling, very excited about all the work that is to come.”
“He brings a lot of experience. He’s obviously worked with Kerber who is such a great player and has done extremely well and won three Slams and I think that experience definitely helps with someone as inexperienced as me so he can help guide me through, which I feel really confident about.
“Also he’s a really positive, cheerful guy who brings great energy to the team so I think that’s also important when you’re travelling on the road for quite a long time on the tour.”
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