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Less than two weeks after becoming the first to qualify to win the US Open, 18-year-old tennis phenomenon Emma Raducanu lets go of the person who helped her claim the title. Raducanu is splitting from her coach, 47-year-old Andrew Richardson, due to a lack of WTA Tour experience and plans to wait until the end of the season to find a replacement.
Richardson and Raducanu worked together at the youth level for two years and got back together on a short-term contract in July. Under Richardson, Raducanu became the 22nd player in the WTA and Britain’s first female Grand Slam winner since 1977 as the first qualifier to ever win the US Open.
This rapid rise was apparently insufficient for Raducanu to keep Richardson.
“At the time I thought Andrew would be a great trainer for the exam, so we went to the States, but I never dreamed of winning the US Open and having the run that I had,” said Raducanu. “And now I’m 22nd in the world, which is pretty crazy for me.”
Raducanu reportedly has no plans to replace Richardson, but she is looking for someone with significant WTA Tour experience. Former Davis Cup player Richardson doesn’t quite have that as he has only participated in three Grand Slam events – all at Wimbledon – and once got past the first round.
A common motto is “you are who you surround yourself with,” and newly crowned US Open Champion Raducanu takes those words to heart by seeking another championship-caliber player to coach.
“I’m looking for someone who has been at this level and knows what is important,” said Raducanu. “And right now, because I’m so new to it, I really need someone to guide me who’s already been through this.”
Raducanu has yet to compete since she won the US Open – with the exception of a friendly in doubles with Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton – and has no schedule for her return yet. However, this schedule could show up relatively soon.
“I’ll decide where to go in the next few days but wherever I play next I’ll make sure I’m ready,” said Raducanu. “I don’t want to get into things too early.”
Except when it comes to letting go of the coach who helped her win a Grand Slam title.