Emma Raducanu wants to “transition to a new training model” and is therefore ending the partnership with coach Torben Beltz after just five months of working together.
While occupying a career-high No.11 WTA ranking position, Raducanu has thanked Beltz for his professionalism and dedication, but has now concluded that a change in her team is necessary:
I feel the best direction for my development is to transition to a new training model with the LTA supporting in the interim.
At this week’s Mutua Madrid Open, only her third ever professional tournament on clay, Raducanu will work with the Lawn Tennis Associations’s head of women’s coaching Iain Bates, who has cooperated with her since her early teenage years. Moreover, Bates was part of her support team when she spectacularly won the 2021 US Open.
Raducanu has changed a lot of coaches in her young career. The next coach she hires will be her fourth within a year. Previously, Nigel Sears was replaced by Andrew Richardson following Wimbledon 2021. Then right after becoming a Grand Slam champion under the guidance of Richardson, Raducanu shocked the tennis world by ending their cooperation. (source: BBC, photo: Jimmie48)