Emma Raducanu finally confirms new coach after Linz Open loss

Emma Raducanu has announced that Angelique Kerber's long-time mentor Torben Beltz will be her new coach with her patient search coming to an end.

The news was confirmed on Tuesday evening, moments after Raducanu's breakthrough season came to an end with a disappointing defeat in the second round of the Linz Open to Wang Xinyu.

The British tennis sensation has been on the lookout for a new coach since deciding to cut short her partnership with Andrew Richardson following her incredible US Open triumph, which shot her to superstardom.

After Kerber had announced on Monday that she and Beltz had split for a third time, Raducanu then confirmed: "You guys cracked it. It's obviously a great privilege to be working with such an experienced coach.

"I'm definitely very excited to work with him throughout the pre-season and into next year. I'm feeling excited about all the work that is to come.

"I think he brings a lot of experience. Obviously he's worked with Kerber, who's such a great player and has done extremely well, won three slams. I think that experience definitely helps with someone as inexperienced as me.

"He can help guide me through, which I feel really confident about, and also he's a really positive, cheerful guy who brings great energy to the team so I think that's also important when you're travelling on the road for quite a long time on the tour."

Beltz had worked with three-time Grand Slam champion Kerber on three occasions in the past, initially during her first steps on the professional tour when he helped her reach the top 10 before splitting in 2013.

They were soon enough reunited and worked together during the German's best campaign of her tennis career in 2016.

During this year, she won the Australian Open and US Open, reached the Wimbledon final, became world No 1 and clinched Olympic silver.

They split for a second time at the end of 2017, with Beltz then going onto spend three years with Croatia's Donna Vekic – helping her break into the world's top 20 for the first time.

However, that partnership came to an end last summer, with Beltz returning to work with Kerber for a third time.

Raducanu is gearing up for her first full season on tour in 2022, and the US Open champion is hoping Beltz' experience working at the top can help her maintain her position near the summit of the sport.

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