John McEnroe questions Emma Raducanu’s approach

Former world No. 1 John McEnroe thinks Emma Raducanu needs stability and a full-time coach who will be given time to help the 19-year-old improve her game. 

After Wimbledon, Raducanu split with Nigel Sears and hired Andrew Richardson. 

Richardson guided Raducanu to her maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open but was shown the exit doors shortly after. 

In late 2021, Raducanu hired Torben Beltz but split with the coach last month. 

“She has changed coaches three, four or five times which is unbelievable for someone who has just come off winning a major,” McEnroe told Eurosport when asked about Emma Raducanu. “I think movement is an issue for her, obviously experience, she is still very young. She has sort of put herself in a difficult position because a lot is expected of her and with the people around her, we are not sure if she is comfortable with them just yet. Hopefully in the next year or two she will find that.”

McEnroe: I just don’t like this idea of Raducanu constantly changing coaches 

Apparently, Raducanu’s father prefers the idea of Raducanu working with one coach for a short – learning as much as she can from him – then find another coach with different ideas. 

McEnroe, a former seven-time Grand Slam champion, said changing coaches is never a good idea, especially not when you are 19 and in the key phase of your development. . 

“Honestly, if I won the US Open having gone through qualifying, I wouldn’t have changed my coach at least for the next year, so I don’t understand that move. Obviously her parents are involved and they know more than I know. But this idea of a revolving door of coaches I just don’t think that’s good for any player, much less so for a player at this stage of her career. We have to wait and see and hopefully she finds someone she can stick with for a while,” McEnroe added. .