Emma Raducanu: US Open champion confirms Torben Beltz will be her new coach | tennis news

US Open champion Emma Raducanu confirms she will be teaming up with 44-year-old German coach Torben Beltz in preparation for the 2022 season; she says: “You’ve cracked it! It is of course a great privilege to work with such an experienced coach”

Last updated: 09/11/21 22:22

Emma Raducanu has announced Germany's Torben Beltz as her new coach in preparation for the 2022 season

Emma Raducanu has announced Germany’s Torben Beltz as her new coach in preparation for the 2022 season

Britain’s No. 1 Emma Raducanu has confirmed that her new coach will be Angelique Kerber’s longtime mentor Torben Beltz.

The German will join Raducanu as she prepares for the start of the 2022 season and the Australian Open, which starts on January 17.

The US Open champion has been looking for a coach since she decided not to renew a short-term partnership with Andrew Richardson after her stunning New York win, making her the first qualifier in tennis history to win a Grand Slam title.

“It is of course a great privilege to work with such an experienced coach,” she said after her great season ended disappointingly with a defeat to Chinese qualifier Wang Xinyu in Linz on Tuesday.

“I’m definitely very excited to be working with him through the pre-season and into next year, so things are looking good and it’s a very, very positive feeling, very excited about all the work to come.”

Beltz was Angelique Kerber's old coach

Beltz was Angelique Kerber’s old coach

Beltz coached Kerber for a decade from her first steps on the professional tour, helping her reach the top 10 before their first split in 2013.

But it wasn’t long before they were reunited, and Beltz stood by Kerber’s side for the best campaign of her career in 2016, when she won Grand Slam titles at the Australian Open and US Open, reached the Wimbledon final, an Olympic silver medal and became world number 1.

They broke up again at the end of 2017, with Kerber hiring Wim Fissette and winning a first Wimbledon title the following year, while Beltz started working with Croatian Donna Vekic and helped her get into the top 20 for the first time.

That partnership ended, somewhat bitterly, last summer when Beltz teamed up with Kerber for the third time.

The German’s career seemed to be drawing to a close, but Kerber has revived this season, reaching the Wimbledon semi-finals and briefly returning to the top 10.

The 33-year-old revealed on Monday that she has again parted ways with Beltz, paving the way for him to get started with Raducanu.

“He brings a lot of experience. He’s clearly worked with Kerber who is such a great player and has done extremely well and won three Slams. I’m really confident,” said the Kent teenager.

“In addition, he’s a really positive, upbeat guy who brings a lot of energy to the team, so I think that’s important too if you’re traveling on the road for quite a long time on the tour.”

Beltz is known for being a compassionate and sympathetic presence on the WTA Tour rather than a tough tutor, but the all-round sports fan also puts a lot of emphasis on physical work, which Raducanu has highlighted as the key area she needs to improve on.

Raducanu said she hadn't heard comments from England rugby head coach Eddie Jones

Raducanu said she hadn’t heard comments from England rugby head coach Eddie Jones

Commenting on England rugby head coach Eddie Jones suggesting “distraction” has halted her progress, Raducanu said: “I’m not really sure who or what that means. I haven’t followed the news. I’m staying away from that. So I know not really what this is about.”

Raducanu says she plans to compete in the Champions Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall at the end of this month before taking her first holiday in seven years.

“It will be nice to have the chance to go somewhere,” Raducanu said. “That was a long weekend in Switzerland with my parents. I hope to make it a little longer.”

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