Emma Raducanu is still on the hunt for a new coach ahead of this month’s Transylvania Open, but her search is being made tricky by the wage demands of potential candidates
Emma Raducanu’s hopes of finding a new coach are being scuppered by wage demands.
The 18-year-old has been searching for a new mentor ever since parting company with Andrew Richardson, citing the need for a coach with more experience at the top level of the women’s game.
This was despite Richardson, 47, overseeing the teenage star’s sensational US Open triumph in September, where she became the first qualifier in history to capture a Grand Slam title.
Her first match back since her heroics at Flushing Wells did not to go plan, beaten in straight sets by Belarussian player Aliaksandra Sasnovich at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.
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Raducanu has since been a late withdrawal for this week’s Kremlin Cup in Moscow, with her comeback continuing at the Transylvania Open in Romania, which starts on October 25.
It seems likely though, that she will again head in without a full-time coach despite the likes of Argentinian Carlos Rodriguez, Australian Darren Cahill and Spaniard Esteban Carril all being linked.
Indeed, Raducanu confirmed on Sunday she would this week be working with Carril, the former coach of fellow British player Johanna Konta, on a trial basis.
A report in MailOnline has claimed that Raducanu’s recent elevation to superstardom has led to candidates making unrealistic wage demands.
“According to a well-placed source, one of the issues that has arisen in the search for a new coach is the amount of money potential candidates are asking for,” it read.
“They are looking at the high expectations for a player in an environment which can see anyone beat anyone. Few jobs in the sport will come with more scrutiny to deal with.”
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It is not the first time in 2021 that Raducanu has been on the hunt for a coach.
Her debut Grand Slam appearance came at Wimbledon in July where, under Nigel Sears, she embarked on a run to the last 16 before retiring from her match with Ajla Tomljanovic, citing breathing difficulties. After the tournament she parted ways with Nigel Sears, whose coaching CV includes former top-five players like Amanda Coetzer, Daniela Hantuchova and Ana Ivanovic.
Ironically it is someone with the experience of Sears, 64, who would seemingly fit the bill now.
Prior to playing at Indian Wells, Raducanu played down the issue, saying “at the end of the day you’re out there on your own and you have to be your own coach on the court.”