Emma Raducanu has been urged to go back to the coach who helped her win the US Open by American tennis legend Tracy Austin.
Austin told the Tennis Channel Raducanu should go back to Andrew Richardson to get herself back on track.
“I just put myself in Emma’s shoes and I kind of know what it feels. Everything just comes at you so quickly,” Austin said.
“She fired her coach. That’s not something I think that she should have changed quite yet because there’s too many changes already.
“I think the foundation is so important – your family, your agent. Max Einsenbud is her agent, he’s been through it with Maria Sharapova who won at 17 so I think that should be helpful.”
Raducanu went to Indian Wells without a coach in place and was helped by LTA coach Jeremy Bates, but Austin urged caution in looking for a new mentor.
“These top coaches, [Raducanu’s] dad said, are expensive. And yes they are, so I’d say go back to Andrew Richardson. I saw them at the US Open before each match, they seemed to have a nice camaraderie.
“She needs to have something that’s the same as that she had at the US Open because she’s stayed the same, she’s more confident, but everything around her has changed. So the parents they need to try to help her find that foundation again.
“Either go back to your old coach or really go for it and get someone who’s experienced.”