US Open Champion Emma Raducanu Admitted: “You Cracked It!” as she confirmed she would be working with German coach Torben Beltz ahead of the 2022 season.
Raducanu has been without a full-time coach since her stunning win over Flushing Meadows, where she became the first ever qualifier to win a Grand Slam.
The British number one decided not to renew a short-term deal with Andrew Richardson after her exploits in New York. Before the new season, which starts on January 17, she will start working at Beltz.
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“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 is best known for his work with Angelique Kerber, whom he coached over three stints, helping her take her first steps as a professional and climb the rankings.
It was during her second stint with Beltz that Kerber won the Australian Open, the US Open and an Olympic silver medal and reached the Wimbledon final in 2016, on her way to becoming number one in the world.
The pair rejoined in 2021 and 33-year-old Kerber experienced a career revival, reaching the Wimbledon semi-finals to briefly return to the top 10.
“He brings a lot of experience. He has clearly worked with Kerber who is such a great player and has done extremely well and won three Slams. I am really confident,” said Raducanu.
“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.”
Raducanu plans to compete in the Champions Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall in late November before taking her first holiday in seven years.
“It will be nice to have the chance to go somewhere,” she said.
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