Emma Raducanu has revealed she has split with coach Torben Beltz after just five months.
The US Open champion started working with Beltz in November 2021 after an extensive search for a full-time mentor.
Raducanu, who is competing in her first full season on the WTA Tour, has won just four competitive tournament matches this year and now believes a “new training model” is necessary.
Raducanu keen to head in new direction
Beltz had previously coached Angelique Kerber and helped the German win two Grand Slam titles at the Australian Open and US Open in 2016.
Yet, Raducanu has been unable to maintain the form she showed at the US Open under his tutelage.
“I want to thank Torben for his coaching, professionalism and dedication over the last half a year,” said Raducanu.
“He has a huge heart and I have enjoyed our strong chemistry during [our] time together.
“I feel the best direction for my development is to transition to a new training model with the LTA supporting in the interim.”
Who could Raducanu’s new coach be?
The LTA’s head of women’s coaching Iain Bates will work with Raducanu in Madrid this week.
Bates has worked extensively with Raducanu over the years and has described her rise to the top of women’s tennis as “truly remarkable.”
At this stage, however, it’s unclear if Bates will prove to be a long-term coaching option for the teenager.
Here are some other names that could be in contention:
Richardson has already worked with the Brit, having replaced Nigel Sears as her coach after last year’s Wimbledon.
The pair enjoyed incredible success together and Raducanu has credited Richardson with playing a vital role in her US Open victory.
Yet, the 19-year-old chose not to renew Richardson’s contract –– citing a need to work with someone with more Tour-level experience.
Given her struggles for form of late though, the Brit may decide to go back to Richardson, especially now she is more used to the demands of the Tour.
Raducanu previously spent a few days preparing for the clay-court season at Riccardo Piatti’s academy in Liguria earlier this month.
The Brit has started the clay-court season fairly well and may decide to work more closely with the Italian coach, with the French Open looming.
Piatti is a highly-respected coach and has worked with the likes of Richard Gasquet and Milos Raonic.
Adrian Marcu and Daniel Dobre
The Romanian pair of Marcu and Dobre are the former coaches of Simona Halep –– a two-time major winner.
Halep has announced she is now working with Serena Williams’ ex-coach Patrick Mouratoglou, meaning both Marcu and Dobre could be available full-time.
The two could be a perfect fit, considering Raducanu’s own Romanian heritage.
This is by far the most outlandish shout, especially given Murray is still an active player on the ATP Tour.
However, Raducanu has previously expressed that she would love the three-time Grand Slam champion to coach her one day.
Asked in an interview who she’d like in her coaching corner, the teenager said: “Also Andy [Murray] because he’s really good at breaking down the game,” she said. “I feel like his insight and knowledge would be really helpful and I’d love to hear it.”
A partnership between Murray and Raducanu is something all British tennis fans would surely love to see. Here’s hoping that this duo comes to fruition.