Torben Beltz has been training Emma Raducanu ahead of Australian Open
Ahead of the Indian Wells tournament in September, the 18-year-old British rising star teamed up with Jeremy Bates, a former British Number One, to help guide her until she found a more permanent coach.
The Telegraph reported last October that it was suspected Beltz would soon be hired after the pair was spotted in a Bromley coffee shop.
Shortly after, the German coach was hired and has coached Raducanu through her matches at the end of 2021 and will be alongside her at the Australian Open.
Why did Emma Raducanu leave Andrew Richardson?
When Raducanu shot to fame in summer, she was currently the world 200 in the WTA rankings and just a couple of months later was up to number 22.
Richardson had been the Canadian-born tennis player’s trainer during her younger training years at Bromley Tennis Centre and was kept on in Raducanu’s training team for her US Open campaign due to the pair’s familiarity with one another.
However, Raducanu aced her way through the competition in Flushing Meadows, winning the tournament without dropping a single set.
Since her new found fame and ranking, Raducanu announced that she would not be renewing her contract with Richardson and would be on the lookout for someone with more WTA experience.
At a homecoming event held by the Lawn Tennis Association, the 18-year-old said “I feel like at this stage in my career, and playing the top players in the world, I realised I really need someone right now that has had WTA Tour experience at the high levels, which means that I’m looking for someone who has been at that level and knows what it takes.”
Who is Emma Raducanu’s permanent coach, Torben Beltz?
Torben Beltz soon replaced Jeremy Bates as Raducanu’s full time coach in November.
Beltz is best known for his work with fellow german tennis player Angelique Kerber. He has worked with Kerber on and off since she turned professional in 2003 and was her coach during her one of her most successful seasons in 2016.
In 2016, Kerber won the Australian Open, the US Open, was a Wimbledon finalist, won an Olympic Silver medal and reached the finals of the WTA finals.
The 33-year-old tennis star announced on Monday 8 November 2021 that she would not continue with Torben Beltz, thus opening him up to be available to work with Raducanu.
When is Emma Raducanu next playing?
Raducanu has just made it through to the second round of the Australian Open. The 19-year-old beat American Sloane Stephens 6-0 2-6 6-1 and will now face the Montenegrin player Danka Kovinic in the second round of the tournament on Thursday 20 January.
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