US Open Champion Emma Raducanu confirms she will work with 44-year-old German manager Torben Beltz in preparation for the 2022 season; she says, “Guys, you did it! It is obviously a great privilege to work with such an experienced coach”
Last updated: 21/10/21 12:00
British No. 1 Emma Raducanu has confirmed that her new coach will be Angelique Kerber’s longtime mentor, Torben Beltz.
The German will link up with Raducanu as she prepares for the start of the 2022 season and the Australian Open, which kicks off on January 17.
The US Open champion has been looking for a manager since she decided not to extend a short-term partnership with Andrew Richardson following her extraordinary triumph in New York which saw her become the first qualified in tennis history to win a Grand Slam title.
“It is obviously a great privilege to work with such an experienced manager,” he said after his stellar season ended disappointingly with defeat for Chinese qualifier Wang Xinyu in Linz Tuesday.
“I’m definitely very excited to be working with him during preseason and into next year, so things are looking up and it’s a very, very positive feeling, very excited about all the work to come.”
Beltz has been Kerber’s coach for a decade since her first steps on the professional tour, helping her reach the top 10 before they split for the first time in 2013.
But it wasn’t long before they reunited and Beltz was alongside Kerber for the best campaign of his career in 2016, when he won Grand Slam titles at the Australian Open and US Open, reached the Wimbledon final, won an Olympic silver medal and became number 1 in the world.
They split again in late 2017, with Kerber hiring Wim Fissette and winning a first title at Wimbledon the following year, while Beltz started working with Croatian Donna Vekic and helped her break into the top 20 for the first time. .
That association ended, somewhat acrimoniously, last summer, with Beltz returning to work alongside Kerber for a third time.
The German’s career appeared to be in decline, but Kerber has risen this season, reaching the Wimbledon semi-finals and briefly returning to the top 10.
The 33-year-old revealed on Monday that she was parting ways with Beltz again, paving the way for him to start working with Raducanu.
“He brings a lot of experience. He obviously worked with Kerber who is a great player and he did very well and won three Grand Slams and I think the experience definitely helps with someone inexperienced like me so he can help guide me, which I feel really confident, ”said teen Kent.
“He’s also a really positive and cheerful guy who brings great energy to the team, so I think it’s also important when you travel on the road for a long time during the tour.”
Beltz is known as a compassionate and sympathetic presence on the WTA Tour rather than a tough supervisor, but the all-round sports enthusiast also places a lot of emphasis on physical work, which Raducanu highlighted as the key area that needs improvement.
In response to the English rugby coach Eddie Jones suggests “distractions” interrupted his progress, Raducanu said, “I’m not really sure who or what it means. I haven’t been following any of the news. I’m staying away from it, so I don’t really know what it is.”
Raducanu says he plans to take part in Champions Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall later this month before taking his first vacation in seven years.
“It will be nice to have the opportunity to go somewhere,” Raducanu said. “It was a long weekend in Switzerland with my parents. I hope to last a little longer.”