Emma Raducanu ‘set to appoint’ coach with Wimbledon winning pedigree

Emma Raducanu is reportedly ready to appoint experienced German coach Torben Beltz as her next trainer after holding meetings with the US Open champion and agent Chris Helliar in Orpington.

Beltz has previously worked with Angelique Kerber and Raducanu is reportedly keen to appoint a full-time coach with WTA Tour experience.

Beltz certainly has the experience and helped Kerber win Wimbledon in 2018, as well as the Australian Open and US Open in 2016. News emerged on Monday that the duo had split, which means Beltz would be free to join Raducanu for the offseason and the curtain-raiser in Melbourne in January.

Raducanu is preparing for the Linz Open in Austria and she revealed on Sunday that she would have a new coach in place for the Australian Open.

"I had some trials [with potential coaches] and they went well,” the 18-year-old said. She did not reveal any names.

One option was Esteban Carril, who worked with Johanna Konta, but he is with Andy Murray in Stockholm and could join Jamie Delgado in Murray’s team.

Beltz is therefore believed to be the optimal choice. The 44-year-old was photographed with Raducanu and her agent at a cafe close her Bromley home on October 20, report The Telegraph.

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The German helped Kerber shine, and the former world number one was appreciative of her time with Beltz.

“I would like to take on more responsibility,” Kerber said. “I’m very grateful for our time together and for everything we experienced and achieved as a team.”

Unlike the three-time Grand Slam champion, Beltz did not have much of a playing career and allegedly appeared in several low-level matches in 2000 but never achieved a professional ranking.

He has since enhanced a tremendous reputation as an effective and calming coach, which would seem to mesh well with Raducanu. After splitting with coach Andrew Richardson, the 18-year-old said: “I really need someone right now that has had that WTA Tour experience at the high levels.”

Raducanu is preparing to face world number 106 Wang Xinyu at the Upper Austria Ladies Linz – her final event of the season – on Tuesday afternoon.

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