Emma Raducanu: US Open winner reveals why she thinks having a coach isn’t essential

Emma Raducanu

British number one Emma Raducanu says it’s important not to become too dependent on a coach and admits she is still yet to find a permanent replacement for the future.

Raducanu parted ways with former mentor Andrew Richardson following her historic US Open triumph and has been searching for a new coach ever since.

At Indian Wells, the teenager worked with former British number one Jeremy Bates but suffered defeat in the second round.

And as she prepares to take part in the Transylvanian Open this week, the 18-year-old is partnering with Johanna Konta’s former mentor Esteban Carril.

Despite taking her time to appoint a new coach full-time, Raducanu stressed she is not worried about the future and feels it is important to be able to learn things on her own.

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"I think having a coach is great. But once again you are on your own on the court.

"I don't think it is great to be dependant. You need to coach yourself. That is something I am learning.

"Part of the experience I am having is being able to learn to coach myself.

"Sometimes it won't always work, like in Indian Wells, but in the long term if I keep doing that then I will be better in the situations in the future.

However, the US Open champion did confirm that she planned to make an appointment by the off-season, in time for next year’s Australian Open.

I had a couple of trials this last week. I had a trial with Esteban [Carril.]. But I’ve also had trials with others.

Emma Raducanu

"I am feeling optimistic about trying to have something in place for the off-season and the Australian Open.

"No, I haven't decided on the coach. But things are moving forward."

Raducanu is seeded third for the Translyvania Open and will start her campaign against Slovenia’s Polona Hercog tomorrow.

Her father Ian, who was born in Romania, has also travelled to be part of her team, along with physiotherapist Will Herbert and IMG agent Chris Helliar.

Speaking about how excited she was to play in Romania, the Brit said: “The welcome I got was really, really nice and I always love coming back.

"The people here are really friendly, great humour and good food. I have great memories from this country. It is really nice to be back.”

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