Emma Raducanu backed to ‘go through a lot of coaches’ in her career


Emma Raducanu wants to take her time in finding the right coach appointment (Picture: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Emma Raducanu will ‘go through a lot of coaches’ in her career rather than adopt the ‘hiring and firing’ technique some tennis players use.

That’s the view of Mark Petchey, who previously coached the 18-year-old between July and December in 2020 and then again from March to April this season.

Raducanu parted ways with Andrew Richardson after her stunning US Open triumph in September and is yet to appoint a new permanent coach.

The British talent worked with Jeremy Bates at Indian Wells as she crashed out in the second round and this week is working with Johanna Konta’s former coach Esteban Carril on a trial basis.

Many feel Raducanu will need to have a permanent coach in place by the time the first Grand Slam of the 2022 season kicks off in Australia in mid-January, but Petchey reckons she’ll be keen to work with lots of different coaches throughout her career.

‘Especially when dealing with something so unique as an 18-year-old who’s won a Grand Slam and also wants to have a good conversation,’ he said.

‘And I think, to be honest, that Emma will go through a lot coaches during her career.

‘Because she will take what she needs from someone and she will find someone else who will be good for something else. She’s very proactive about the way she wants to build her game.

‘People need to understand that there will be a lot of collaborations during her career, rather than the ‘hiring’ and ‘firing’ of a coach. It feels so personal, and people need to stop getting hung up on hiring and firing.’

Despite her disappointing early exit at Indian Wells in her first match since winning the US Open, Raducanu is still being tipped for a bright future.

Asked what makes the teenager such a promising young prospect, Petchey told Tennis.com: ‘Yeah, just intensity to every point. Every point she brings the same thing.

‘She plays her best tennis under pressure. She backs herself, moves much better than people give her credit for – it’s every efficient, and so it looks very easy. But, she moves incredibly effectively on the court.

‘The US Open, she was serving very effectively, got a lot from it. That was a big focus for us. I still think that will improve massively.

‘Her return is one of the best, very [Victoria] Azarenka-like. There’s not a lot of holes in her game.’

But there’s still plenty to improve in her game too with the world No.24 having only competed in two Grand Slams to date.

‘Some of it will be small, and some of it will be significant serving, volleying, and her ability to move into net,’ Petchey added.

‘Not the actual technique—her technique is very good, I think she sometimes just doesn’t know where to stand. I think her forehand will become a more dominant shot.’


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