Emma Raducanu given advice on new coach 'stomach ache' by Boris Becker

Raducanu remains without a coach after sacking Andrew Richardson just two weeks after her shock US Open success

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Boris Becker has told Emma Raducanu what she should be looking for in her new coach as the British teenager looks to adapt to life as a Grand Slam winner.

The 18-year-old shot to stardom with her US Open win in September, and wasted little time in making her first big decision for her career.

Only two weeks after she lifted the trophy in New York, she dispensed of her coach Andrew Richardson and is looking to replace him with someone who can help her navigate the next stage of her career.

Raducanu is under a lot of pressure after becoming the first qualifier ever to win a Grand Slam, and knows this appointment will be key to how she progresses in the coming months and years.

Emma Raducanu remains without a coach six weeks after splitting from Andrew Richardson



Tennis legend Becker believes the youngster has to go with someone who has a lot of experience on the WTA circuit and who can help her to cope with the weight of expectation now upon her.

“I have had some experience there, so I can fully understand Raducanu’s stomach ache,” the German said.

“For me, this is the next step that she needs to achieve consistency in her performance.

“In May she graduated from high school, the US Open was her second Grand Slam tournament, then she became the winner – that is an incredible achievement.

“She is looking for a new coach, she is dealing with a lot of expectations, so we all to say give her time and she will find her way.”

Consistency will prove to be the important factor, as she looks to build on her first big success in professional tennis with more wins on the tour.

Raducanu endured something of a false start to life as a Grand Slam winner when she lost her first match at the Indian Wells Masters in straight sets.

She fared better at her second tournament after the US Open, beating Polona Hercog and Ana Bogdan at the Transylvania Open before losing in straight sets to fellow teenager Marta Kostyuk.

Emma Raducanu dropped coach Andrew Richardson after her US Open win


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The Briton said after the loss that she “wasn’t feeling physically 100 per cent”, and admitted she was “disappointed” to lose in the way she did.

Local fans in Cluj-Napoca would have been upset too, as they missed out on a huge clash between half-Romanian Raducanu and the home favourite, the former world number one Simona Halep.

After visiting her grandmother in Bucharest, the 18-year-old’s next outing is expected to be at the Upper Austria Ladies Linz from November 6.

After that, she will be preparing for another Grand Slam appearance at the Australian Open, where there will be a lot more expectation placed upon her than there was when she was a qualifier in New York.

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