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Emma Raducanu ‘optimistic’ about having new coach in time for Australian Open

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Emma Raducanu says she is “optimistic” about having a new coach in place ahead of next year’s Australian Open, but believes the experience of working without one will prove beneficial in the long run.

Raducanu split with Andrew Richardson after her sensational US Open triumph last month to go in search of a mentor with more Tour experience.

The 18-year-old returned to action at Indian Wells a fortnight ago without a successor to Richardson in place but was beaten in her first match since her Flushing Meadows triumph.

However, she is in no rush to appoint a permanent coach as she prepares to play at the Transylvania Open in Romania this week.

“I think having a coach is great. But once again you are on your own on the court,” she said.

”I don’t think it is great to be dependant. You need to coach yourself. That is something I am learning.

”Part of the experience I am having is being able to learn to coach myself.

”Sometimes it won’t always work, like in Indian Wells, but in the long term if I keep doing that then I will be better in the situations in the future.”

Raducanu held a trial with fellow Brit Johanna Konta’s former coach Esteban Carril last week, but confirmed the Spaniard is one of a number of names under consideration.

”I had a couple of trials this last week. I had a trial with Esteban. But I also had trials with others,” she added.

”I am feeling optimistic about trying to have something in place for the off-season and the Australian Open.

”No, I haven’t decided on the coach. But things are moving forward.”

Raducanu faces Slovenia’s Polona Hercog in the first round of the Transylvania Open on Tuesday.

Emma Raducanu with dad Ian (Rob Todd)
Emma Raducanu with dad Ian (Rob Todd)

The Brit’s father is Romanian and her grandmother lives in the country, making the tournament something of a homecoming for the teenager, who is yet to compete in the UK since her maiden Major success.

”I love Romania,” she said. “I used to come once or twice a year to visit my grandmother, who lives in Bucharest, while growing up. It is an hour’s flight from here.

”When the tournament is done, I’d love to pop over to Bucharest to be able to visit her. I haven’t seen her for two-and-a-half years.

”The welcome I got was really, really nice and I always love coming back.”

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