Shock US Open champion Emma Raducanu revealed on Friday she is coach-shopping for her third mentor this season after her rapid rise into the WTA Top 20.
The teenager who won the New York Grand Slam title from an unprecedented qualifying start, has already moved on from Andy Murray’s father-in-law Nigel Sears after her Wimbledon fourth-round showing in July.
She then took on Tim Henman’s former best man Andrew Richardson, who had coached her locally at the Bromley academy near her south London home,
But the No.16 said that partnership is over by sheer necessity as she seeks out a mentor with more WTA Tour experience.
Speculation is bubbling that recently available Australian Darren Cahill – who coached Simona Halep to both of her Grand Slam trophies – might be a good fit after his amicable split with the Romanian this week.
Raducanu had a hit on Friday at London’s National Tennis Centre with Kate the Duchess of Cambridge before revealing her newest action plan.
“After Wimbledon, I was ranked around 200 and at the time I thought Andrew would be a great coach to trial,” Raducanu said.
“We went to the States but never did I even dream of winning the US Open and having the run I did.
“Now I’m ranked 22 in the world, which is pretty crazy to me.”
She added: “At this stage in my career, and playing the top players in the world, I realised I really need someone right now that has had that WTA Tour experience at the high levels.
“That means I’m looking for someone who has been at that level and knows what it takes. Because I’m so new to it, I really need someone to guide me who’s already been through that.”
Main Photo:- Emma Raducanu with the Duchess of Cambridge at the National Tennis Centre Today by LTA.org