Seven potential new coaches for Emma Raducanu following Torben Beltz split

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Emma Raducanu is once again on the lookout for a new coach after splitting from Torben Beltz after just five months.

The 19-year-old is at a key stage in her career with some real challenges ahead of her in terms of dealing with pressure and scrutiny, so it is little surprise she is being so selective when it comes to her coach.

Here, we look at seven names who will be on Raducanu's radar as potential successors to Beltz.

Darren Cahill

Darren Cahill - potential Emma Raducanu coach
Darren Cahill - potential Emma Raducanu coach

It's quite rare to see big-name coaches who are available, but that is the case with Darren Cahill right now.

The Australian has an incredible CV having worked with the likes of Lleyton Hewitt, Andre Agassi and Andy Murray. He has real pedigree in the women's game too having coached Ana Ivanovic, Daniela Hantuchova and Simona Halep.

The main obstacle with hiring Cahill would be the quarantine arrangements affecting entry and exit from Australia. Those complications saw him break off a trial arrangement with Amanda Anisimova earlier this year, although the chance to work with Raducanu would surely tempt most.

Jamie Delgado

Jamie Delgado - potential Emma Raducanu coach
Jamie Delgado - potential Emma Raducanu coach

Jamie Delgado is a name that is well-known to British tennis fans, with him spending years being shouted at by Andy Murray during matches. Delgado worked with Murray for three years and was part of his team for his 2016 Wimbledon title and ascent to world number one. He split from Murray at the end of last season and is currently part of Denis Shapovalov's team. However, he could be tempted back to Britain to coach a talent such as Raducanu and would immediately command respect.

Tim Henman

Tim Henman - potential Emma Raducanu coach
Tim Henman - potential Emma Raducanu coach

The closest Tim Henman has ever got to coaching was captaining the Great Britain ATP Cup team, so it would be a surprise to see him taking on such a role now.

However, Henman has an existing 'mentoring' role with Raducanu and is very close to her former coach Andrew Richardson.

Henman is currently busy with his media work for Eurosport, the BBC and Amazon Prime, as well as sitting on the Wimbledon committee, but you'd be surprised if Raducanu has not at least asked the question.

Esteban Carril

Estaban Carril - Potential coach for Emma Raducanu
Estaban Carril - Potential coach for Emma Raducanu

If we are being completely honest, it was a bit of a surprise to see Johanna Konta go from around 100 in the world to the top ten a few years back. That rise was mastered by Spaniard Esteban Carril, so he has previous with developing a WTA British number one.

He also has an existing relationship with Raducanu having spent time working with her at the end of 2021 before moving on to briefly coach Andy Murray.

Upon appointing Murray for their brief trial period, Murray said of Carril: "He has a very good reputation, certainly in British tennis, and he's done a very good job with a number of players in the UK."

Nigel Sears

Nigel Sears - Possible link up with Emma Raducanu again
Nigel Sears - Possible link up with Emma Raducanu again

This one is probably the most unlikely on the list, but Raducanu may be tempted to go back to Nigel Sears.

Sears, who is Andy Murray's father-in-law, was Raducanu's coach when she made her initial impact at Wimbledon last season and is a very respected figure in women's tennis having previously coached former world number one Ana Ivanovic. However, Sears is in his mid-60s now and is unlikely to want to go back on the Tour, and Raducanu is surely looking for someone to be with her every step of the way.

Andrew Bettles

Andrew Bettles is not the biggest name around but he should be a lot better known than he is. The Brit was first hired as a hitting partner for top WTA talent Elina Svitolina and became her full-time coach in 2018. He helped the Ukrainian to multiple WTA Tour titles and an Olympic medal, but they ended their partnership back in October. Bettles was recently hired by American Jennifer Brady but she has not played since August due to injury so an opportunity to work with Raducanu would certainly get his attention.

Riccardo Piatti

Riccardo Piatti - potential new coach for Emma Raducanu
Riccardo Piatti - potential new coach for Emma Raducanu

Riccardo Piatti is an absolute legend in Italian tennis and is available after recently parting ways with Jannik Sinner.

Raducanu headed to Piatti's academy in northern Italy to prepare for clay season, so he is someone she has sought out before.

Ultimately, though, she would have the same issue with Piatti as Sinner did. Piatti does not want to tour so delegates those duties to his own team instead, and Raducanu would likely need to spend a lot of time in Italy to get any real benefit.

The article Seven potential new coaches for Emma Raducanu following Torben Beltz split appeared first on Planetsport.com.

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