‘To Be On My Own Is Interesting’ – Emma Raducanu Talks About the Real Reason Behind Firing Coaches Back-To-Back

Published 05/10/2022, 9:30 AM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 18, 2022 Britain’s Emma Raducanu celebrates winning her first round match against Sloane Stephens of the U.S. REUTERS/James Gourley

19-year-old British tennis star Emma Raducanu has had an interesting clay-court season so far, as this surface is pretty new to her. Earlier, she played on the clay court for the first time at the Billie Jean King Cup. Later, she played at the Stuttgart Open, where she reached the quarter-final. Interestingly, before the start of the Madrid Open, she parted ways with her coach, Torben Beltz. As the British star is ready to start her campaign at the Italian Open, she talked about being a loner. 

Emma Raducanu talked about being on her own 

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At the recent press conference at the Italian Open, Raducanu opened up about being on her own. However, she doesn’t mind being with a group as well. “I’d describe myself as a loner. For the past year, I’ve had a lot of people around me a lot and very often. To be on my own is interesting because I’m kind of finding out a lot about myself, understanding what I need and what I don’t need,” the British star stated

Notably, after splitting with her previous coach, Iain Bates, the head coach of women’s tennis at the British Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), has been providing support for the 19-year-old tennis player. Apart from that, she has been doing self-coaching since the Madrid Open. 

However, her back problem is currently a greater concern than coaching. After losing in the round of 16 at the Madrid Open to Anhelina Kalinina, she talked about having an issue with her back. Despite the issue, she is still managing her time on the tour, as she is ready to play her third clay-court tournament in Rome.  

Raducanu will play Bianca Andreescu at the Italian Open opener

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Today, the two former US Open champions will go head-to-head at the Italian Open opener. Fans are already getting super excited about this match. After a long injury layup, the 2019 US Open champion, Andreescu, has finally made her return at the Stuttgart Open this year. However, she hasn’t shown her best form since her return. 

Oct 8, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Emma Raducanu (GBR) hits a shot against Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) at Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Meanwhile, Raducanu also didn’t have a great year after winning the US Open last year. It will be interesting to see if she can rediscover her form at the Italian Open.

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Debkinkar Maity

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Debkinkar Maity is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. His desire to become a sports journalist inspired him to take up a degree in journalism and mass communication, and he hasn't looked back ever since. Following the sport for over a decade now, Debkinkar has an ardent love for Roger Federer.

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