BREAKING! Emma Raducanu To Reportedly Appoint Former Coach of Legends Justine Henin and Li Na

Published 10/09/2021, 11:18 AM EDT
Oct 6, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Emma Raducanu (GBR) plays on the practice courts during the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


British teenager Emma Raducanu has taken the world by storm over the past month. The teenager, in her first-ever appearance at the US Open in New York, passed through all obstacles and won the title. Emma showed incredible maturity for an 18-year-old on the court and in her off-court conduct as well. However, she has been looking to bolster her backroom staff with a new coach. 

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Recently, there was a development in that particular search for Emma. There is a possibility of her teaming up with Carlos Rodriguez. He was the former coach of legendary players like Justine Henin and Li Na. Both these players went on to become Grand Slam champions under his guidance. 

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Emma Raducanu wants an experienced coach

The Belgian played under his guidance for 15 years and he helped her become the World No. 1 player. He had a positive influence on Na’s career too and she tasted success during the latter stages of her career. He helped her become the World No. 2 player along with a Grand Slam title in Melbourne. 

Coming back to Emma, she won the US Open last month. However, she split with coach Andrew Richardson post her US Open success as she felt she needed someone who has ‘professional tour experience’. Rodriguez would certainly provide that.  

Andrew was a former Davis Cup player who coached Raducanu for two years at the junior level and linked up with her again this year on a short-term deal for the duration of her time in the United States, especially the US Open.

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Oct 6, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Emma Raducanu (GBR) plays on the practice courts during the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Raducanu’s life after US Open 2021 

Post the US Open, she was present in many off-court activities. The teenager was invited to the Met Gala 2021. It was a high-profile event attended by many prominent personalities from various fields. Besides her, Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams attended the glamorized event from the tennis fraternity. 

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Recently, she was at the Indian Wells 1000 event in the Californian desert. Sadly, she lost in the opening round. This loss would’ve put pressure on the youngster to speed up the process of appointing a new coach. All eyes will be on her and it will be interesting to see what her next move will be. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering Tennis and Formula One.

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