Emma Raducanu’s Coach Search – “I had a similar experience” – Boris Becker on Emma Raducanu’s “weird” mentor search
Great tennis player Boris Becker said focusing on finding a coach and mentor should be a priority for Britain’s Emma Raducanu following her first Grand Slam victory.
Following her victory, Raducanu parted ways with coach Andrew Richardson and tested coaches and trained on her own as she searched for a replacement.
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It’s very weird when it comes to looking for a trainer. It’s hard enough to win a Grand Slam as a teenager, it’s almost impossible.
“But it’s a lot harder to keep that shape … if there’s a consistent tournament up for grabs every year.”
Becker won his first Grand Slam singles title at the age of 17, winning the Wimbledon crown in 1985 in a match against Kevin Curren.
He became the youngest winner in the men’s singles – a record he still holds.
“I had experience there too, so I can fully understand Raducanu’s stomach ache,” Becker said.
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.
“For me, this is the next step she needs to achieve consistency in her performance.
“In May, she graduated from high school, the US Open was her second Grand Slam tournament, then she became the winner – it’s an incredible achievement.
The most important question for her now is: who is my mentor, who is my protection?
Since her triumph in New York City, Raducanu has continued to seek a replacement for Richardson, but said she is in no rush to find a long-term option.
Ahead of her campaign at the Transylvanian Open in Romania this week, the 18-year-old gave a try with Esteban Carril, former coach of Johanna Konta.
Prior to that, a partnership with Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) national coach Jeremy Bates didn’t extend beyond an opener outing at Indian Wells.
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It appears the plan is to continue testing the coaches ahead of a potential appointment before the start of the 2022 season.
The 2022 Australian Open, the first Grand Slam on the calendar, will be Raducanu’s first appearance in Melbourne, but she is far from desperate to force a crisis.
“I think having a coach is great. But again, you are on your own on the pitch,” Raducanu explained.
I don’t think it’s great to be addicted. You have to coach yourself. It’s something I’m learning.
“Sometimes it won’t always work, like in Indian Wells, but in the long run, if I keep doing it, I’ll be better in situations in the future.
Raducanu meets Marta Kostyuk in the quarterfinal of the Transylvanian Open after entering the tournament as the third seed.
Her father is Romanian and her grandmother still lives there, so it’s a kind of second home for the Bromley Briton.
Tournament director Patrick Ciorcila said the world number 23 told him she would play every edition of the Transylvanian Open.
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