huhhello and welcome to Emma Raducanu’s opening match at the Madrid Open against Czech Tereza Martincova.
Raducanu admitted it was a tough decision to part with coach Torben Beltz after less than six months of working together, but plans to focus on using “sparring partners” to continue her development.
The US Open champion hired the German, best known for guiding Angelique Kerber through her professional career, at the end of last season, but it again proved to be a short-lived relationship.
The news followed Raducanu’s best week since he hired Beltz, with consecutive wins on clay at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart and an encouraging performance in the defeat to world number one Iga Swiatek.
Raducanu, who is ranked 11th in the world, has changed coaches during her youth and worked with Nigel Sears during her run to the fourth round at Wimbledon last summer, before turning to Andrew Richardson for the US Open.
The 19-year-old continues her clay baptism this week in Madrid, where she will face Martincova in the first round, whom she defeated in the recent Billie Jean King Cup qualifier in Prague.
In the short term, Raducanu will be supported by the Lawn Tennis Association and head of women’s tennis Iain Bates, until she wants to formulate a way forward.
The British number one has been linked with a possible partnership with Riccardo Piatti, who recently trained at the Italian academy, but for now she remains comfortable in her own regime.
“Torben is a great guy. I really enjoyed my time with him on and off the pitch. He’s one of the nicest people I’ve met, so obviously it was hard breaking up with someone like that,” said Raducanu in Madrid. on Wednesday.
“But I feel very comfortable with my current training at the moment. I have a lot of confidence in what I do and how I work.
“I feel like it’s definitely become clearer over the past few weeks and especially as I’ve spent more time on the tour playing more matches against these top opponents that I kind of understand what I need more of.
“I think Torben has been great for me because when I wanted someone with tour experience I think that was really valuable for my first six months on the tour.”