“Focus on Finding a Real Coach”: Boris Becker Advices Emma Raducanu Following WTA Cluj Exit

Published 10/31/2021, 8:25 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 took the world by storm when she won the US Open 2021. However, things have not gone according to plan for teenage sensation since that dream run. In a somewhat deflating turn, she lost in the opening round of the Indian Wells 2021 after receiving a wild card.

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Just after winning the US Open 2021, Raducanu parted ways with her coach Andrew Richardson. That decision did come as a surprise and many have raised questions over it given her recent run of form.

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The German legend was in an identical situation to Emma Raducanu 

Recently, Boris Becker spoke on this issue and maintained that the youngster needs to sort her coaching department. The German too won his first Grand Slam title at the age of 17 years, so he can certainly relate to the situation. 

The 53-year-old stated, “It’s all very bizarre when it comes to looking for a coach. It’s hard enough to win a grand slam as a teenager, almost impossible. Maybe she should focus on finding a real coach. It would be important for her to have an experienced coach who has already trained with other world-class players.

“The most important question for her now is: who is my mentor, who is my protection? I don’t think it’s great to be dependent. You need to coach yourself. It’s something I’m learning.”

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Oct 8, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Emma Raducanu (GBR) reacts after losing a point to Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) at Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Raducanu was most recently competing in the Transvlyania Open 2021. After winning the first couple of matches, she faltered in the quarterfinal, losing to Marta Kostyuk in straight sets. Sadly, she will not be competing in the season-ending WTA Finals as she was not able to go deep in the Indian Wells 2021 and has failed to acquire the required points for qualification.

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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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