Torben Beltz was hired by Emma Raducanu in November after the young Briton parted ways with Andrew Richardson.
Torben Beltz trains Emma Raducanu for the Australian Open
After her victories at the US Open in the summer, Emma Raducanu parted ways with her coach Andrew Richardson, who she had been with during her time at Bromley Tennis Center.
The Telegraph reported last October that Beltz was suspected of being hired soon after the pair were spotted at a Bromley coffee shop.
Shortly afterwards, the German coach was hired and has coached Raducanu through her matches at the end of 2021 and will stand next to her at the Australian Open.
Why did Emma Raducanu leave Andrew Richardson?
When Raducanu rose to fame over the summer, she was currently ranked 200th in the world in the WTA rankings, and just a few months later, she was ranked No. 22.
Richardson coached the Canadian-born tennis player during her younger training years at Bromley Tennis Center and was retained on Raducanu’s training team for her US Open campaign due to the pair’s familiarity with each other.
However, Raducanu made his way through the competition at Flushing Meadows and won the tournament without dropping a single set.
Since her newfound fame and ranking, Raducanu announced that she would not renew her contract with Richardson and would look for someone with more WTA experience.
Speaking at a homecoming event held by the Lawn Tennis Association, the 18-year-old said: “I feel like at this stage in my career and when I’m playing against the best players in the world, I’ve realized that now I really am someone who has had WTA.Tour experience at the highest level which means I am looking for someone who has been at that level and knows what it takes.”
Who is Emma Raducanu’s regular coach, Torben Beltz?
Torben Beltz soon replaced Jeremy Bates as Raducanu’s full-time coach in November.
Beltz is best known for his work with fellow German tennis player Angelique Kerber. He has worked with Kerber on and off since she turned pro in 2003 and was her coach during one of her most successful seasons in 2016.
In 2016, Kerber won the Australian Open, the US Open, was a Wimbledon finalist, won an Olympic silver medal and reached the final of the WTA final.
The 33-year-old tennis star announced on Monday 8 November 2021 that she would not continue with Torben Beltz and thus made him available to work at Raducanu.
When will Emma Raducanu play next?
Raducanu has just made it to the second round of the Australian Open. The 19-year-old defeated American Sloane Stephens 6-0 2-6 6-1 and will now face Montenegrin Danka Kovinic in the second round of the tournament on Thursday, January 20.
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