Emma Raducanu issues a candid plea for experienced mentors to contact her following defeat at the Indian Wells Open
US Open Champion Emma Raducanu has issued a candid plea for experienced mentors to contact her following defeat at the Indian Wells Open. Raducanu travelled to the Californian desert with no more than a skeleton crew after splitting with Andrew Richardson, the coach who guided her to US Open success, four weeks ago.
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Emma Raducanu has issued a candid plea for experienced mentors to contact her following her tame defeat at the Indian Wells Open on Friday.
The 18-year-old split with Andrew Richardson, the coach who guided her to US Open success, four weeks ago, leaving her with no more than a skeleton crew to travel to the Californian desert with co-agent Chris Helliar, hitting partner Raymond Sarmiento (who lives locally in Los Angeles) and Jeremy Bates.
Had Raducanu reached her putative meeting with 2019 Wimbledon champion Simona Halep in the next round, she would have had no coach with her at all on courtside; Bates, a former British No 1, was always going to leave the tournament this weekend because of prior commitments with the British No 5 Katie Boulter.
Emma Raducanu nach ihrer Niederlage gegen Aljaksandra Sasnowitsch in Indian Wells
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Further missing was Raducanu’s physio Will Herbert- whom she referred to as “the mechanic” during the US Open.
Although Herbert is expected to rejoin the camp soon after missing this event, the lack of team around the 18- year-old has led to the impression that her family, agents and advisors have been taken by surprise by her sudden emergence.
It is unusual for a prominent young player to have no mentor for a tournament as high profile and prestigious as the Indian Wells Open, and a plan for the future is now urgently required.
Speaking to a small group of reporters Raducanu said:“I think that I would love to have someone with great experience right now by my side.
"So if any experienced coaches are out there looking, you know where to find me.