Less than two weeks after becoming the first qualifier to win the US Open, the 18-year-old tennis genius Emma Raducanu gave up the person who helped her win the championship. Radukanu is parting ways with her coach, Andrew Richardson, 47, because he lacks WTA Tour experience and plans to wait until the end of the season to pick a substitute.
Richardson and Radukanu worked together in the youth team for two years and reached a short-term contract in July. Under Richardson’s leadership, Raducanu has developed into the 22nd WTA player and the first British Women’s Grand Slam to win the U.S. Open qualifier since 1977.
Such a rapid rise is obviously not enough for Radukanu to retain Richardson.
“At the time, I thought Andrew would be a great coach, so we went to the United States, but I never dreamed of winning the U.S. Open and owning the running I did,” Radukanu said. “Now I am ranked 22nd in the world, which is very crazy to me.”
Raducanu It is said that There is no replacement for Richardson in her mind, but she is looking for someone with important WTA Tour experience. The former Davis Cup player Richardson does not fully possess this, because he has only participated in three Grand Slam tournaments-all at Wimbledon-and advanced to the first round at once.
A common analogy is “you are the person next to you.” The newly crowned U.S. Open champion Radu Canu is looking for a champion-level player to serve as her coach, keeping these words in mind.
“I’m looking for someone who has reached that level and knows what is needed,” Raducanu said. “Especially now, because I am so new to it, I really need someone who has already experienced it to guide me.”
Raducanu has never played since winning the U.S. Open-except for a friendly match with the Duchess of Cambridge. Kate Middleton ——And there is no timetable for her return. However, the timetable may show up relatively quickly.
Radukanu said: “I will decide where I am going in the next few days, but no matter where I play next, I will make sure that I am ready.” “I don’t want to get into things prematurely. middle.”
Unless you want to give up the coach who helped her win the Grand Slam championship.