Emma Raducanu has confirmed she will have a coach in place in time for the Australian Open in January.
The 18-year-old has been without a coach after she parted ways with Andrew Richardson after her improbable US Open success.
A former Davis Cup player, Richardson coached Raducanu for two years at youth level. He linked up with the teenage sensation again in July on a short-term deal which covered the US Open.
Prior to Richardson, Raducanu had been coached for three years by Nigel Sears, who stepped aside after she reached the round of 16 at Wimbledon.
The Briton revealed she was looking for a coach with WTA experience, but said she would not come to a decision until the end of the season. She has now disclosed a coach will definitely be in place by the Australian Open.
"I'm really feeling positive about my coaching situation," Raducanu told the media as she arrived in Austria for the Linz Open.
"I had some trials and they went well and I'm gonna have someone in place - and I'm really excited to get some good work done in pre-season.
"It's in a good place. I'll have a coach in place in the Australian Open."
Raducanu held a trial with Esteban Carril, who made his name by helping Johanna Konta climb from outside the world’s top 100 into the top 10. During her time with Carril, Konta reached the semi-finals of the 2016 Australian Open.
The partnership will not be made permanent, however, with Carril announcing today that he will be joining Andy Murray’s team from next season.
Carril has also been working with another British player, Katie Swan, but the pair parted ways after she triumphed on the ITF World Tennis Tour in Estonia last week.
Raducanu will subsequently be without a coach again for this week’s Upper Austria Ladies Linz.
"I'm being my own coach again this week, which I think is really good for me long term," she said.
Raducanu is the top seed at the tournament in Linz and has subsequently earned a bye into the second round. She is expected to play on Tuesday against either Kateryna Kozlova or Wang Xinyu.
Since winning the US Open in September, Raducanu has won two out of four matches. She lost to Ukraine’s Marta Kostyuk in the quarter-finals of the Transylvania Open, citing fatigue as a reason for her loss.
Raducanu has since revealed she became ill after the tournament, but has now made a full recovery.News Now - Sport News