Emma Raducanu season ended with defeat in Linz. The US Open Grand slam champion was the top seed at the WTA event. However, Raducanu was beaten in the first round.
The Brit has been searching for a new coach since parting ways with Andrew Richardson. Since the stunning title win in Flushing Meadows Raducanu has been without a permanent coach. Richardson was only a short term appointment and the Brit has been searching for someone with tour level experience.
Raducanu announced that she will work with Torben Beltz. The German will link up with the Brit in the off season. The pair will begin preparations for the Australian Open at the start of the 2022 season.
Beltz is best known as being the long time mentor to Angelique Kerber. The German pair worked together for over a decade. From Kerber’s first steps on the WTA tour to entering the top ten. They then split in 2013. Beltz rejoined team Kerber for the best campaign of 2016. Kerber won two of the four grand slams (Australian Open and US Open, bookending the slams), and reached the Wimbledon final. Kerber also won the Olympic silver medal with Beltz at her side.
Following a split again in 2017 Beltz again rejoined Team Kerber last summer. The German reached the Wimbledon semi-final and made the WTA Top ten again. Kerber announced this week that they had parted ways again. This led the way for Beltz to join up with Raducanu.
Beltz is an experienced coach on the WTA circuit. The German is known as compassionate and likeable rather than being a hard taskmaster. Beltz also puts a lot of emphasis on physical work, one of the areas the Brit knows she has to improve.
On making the announcement, the Brit told the press
“He brings a lot of experience. He’s obviously worked with Kerber who is such a great player and has done extremely well and won three Slams and I think that experience definitely helps with someone as inexperienced as me so he can help guide me through, which I feel really confident about”
This appointment makes sense for Emma Raducanu. She is new to the main ATP tour and Beltz has the knowledge and experience the teenager needs. Someone level headed who understands what is needed to make it on the womens tour.
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