“Need Someone to Guide Me”: Emma Raducanu Announces Shock Decision After US Open Triumph

Published 09/24/2021, 1:22 PM EDT
Sep 11, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of Great Britain sits in her chair waiting for a medical timeout after being cut during a point against Leylah Fernandez of Canada (not pictured) in the women’s singles final on day thirteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports


After a monumental three-week run at the US Open which ended with her claiming a first-ever major title without losing a set, British tennis prodigy Emma Raducanu has become a household name amongst fans across Great Britain as they saw a new youth icon in her post the success of Andy Murray.

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Sep 11, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of Great Britain hits a forehand against Leylah Fernandez of Canada (not pictured) in the women’s singles final on day thirteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

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It’s been almost two weeks since Raducanu’s triumph in New York and the Brit is stil reliving the final moments of the championship match against Leylah Fernandez. Earlier today, Raducanu participated in an event hosted by the LTA Youth Program in London.

The British teenage star had the opportunity to play tennis with the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton. Also, on the professional front, the youngster took a decisive move before making a comeback on the WTA tour.

Right now, it’s almost imperative that the Indian Wells organizers will offer a wildcard to Emma Raducanu to play the event. Even though she is still unclear of where her next tournament will be, the Brit announced her decision to split from her current coach, Andrew Richardson.

Sep 11, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of Great Britain celebrates with the championship trophy after her match against Leylah Fernandez of Canada (not pictured) in the women’s singles final on day thirteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

“Looking for someone who has been at that level” – Emma Raducanu on split with coach

The move came as a surprise because it was under Richardson that Emma got her first big triumph but she backed her reason saying that she needs someone who has more experience coaching on the WTA tour.

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

Sep 11, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of Great Britain celebrates with the championship trophy after her match against Leylah Fernandez of Canada (not pictured) in the women’s singles final on day thirteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Richardson, during his playing days, managed to capture five doubles titles along with victory at a solo singles event in the JSM Challenger of Champaign.

Even though he worked with several British players like Ross Hutchins and Alan Mackin, Richardson didn’t have relative experience with coaching on the WTA tour.

From this stand point, Raducanu’s decision to look out for a new coach to show her the way to the top appears fair.

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 U.S. Open and having the run I did and now I’m ranked No. 22 in the world, which is pretty crazy to me.”, continued the Brit.

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But, Raducanu won’t be taking the decision anytime soon and will wait till the end of the season to look out for a new coach.

Having ranked inside top-30 in such a quick time, it might take a while for Emma Raducanu to maintain consistency at the highest level in order to sustain her leap in the singles ranking.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Having developed an interest in creating content, he mixed his passion for writing with his love for tennis for 2 years at SportsKeeda before joining the tennis team at EssentiallySports.

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