US Open champion Emma Raducanu splits with coach less than two weeks after becoming first qualifier to win

Less than 2 weeks after ending up being the very first qualifier to win the United States Open, 18-year-old tennis phenom Emma Raducanu is releasing the individual who assisted her claim the title. Raducanu is parting methods with her coach, 47-year-old Andrew Richardson, for his absence of WTA trip experience and prepares to wait up until the season’s end to choose a replacement. 

Richardson and Raducanu collaborated for 2 years at the youth level and reunited on a short-term handle July. Under Richardson, Raducanu turned into the WTA’s 22nd-ranked gamer and Britain’s initially female Grand Slam winner because 1977 as the very first qualifier ever to win the United States Open.  

That quick climb obviously wasn’t enough for Raducanu to keep Richardson. 

“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 stated. “And now I’m ranked No. 22 in the world, which is pretty crazy to me.”

Raducanu apparently does not have a replacement for Richardson in mind, however she’s trying to find somebody with considerable WTA trip experience. The previous Davis Cup gamer Richardson does not rather have that, as he’s contended in just 3 Grand Slam occasions — all Wimbledon — and advanced past the preliminary when. 

A typical trope is “you are who you surround yourself with,” and the recently crowned United States Open champ Raducanu is taking those words to heart by trying to find a fellow championship-caliber gamer as her coach.  

“I’m looking for someone who has been at that level and knows what it takes,” Raducanu stated. “And especially right now because I’m so new to it, I really need someone to guide me who’s already been through that.”

Raducanu has yet to complete because her United States Open win — other than for a friendly double’s match with Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton — and does not have a timeline for her return yet. That timeline, however, might expose itself fairly quickly. 

“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,” Raducanu stated. “I don’t want to jump into things too early.”

Except when it concerns releasing the coach that assisted her win a Grand Slam title.

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