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Emma Raducanu has opened up about her unusual pattern of replacing coaches, saying that she trusts her decision making, and feels that it’s right for her as an individual.
Last month, Emma Raducanu parted company with German Torben Beltz after five months, making him the third coach to have lost his job in a year when Raducanu has gone from A level student to global fame.
Speaking to the WSJ magazine. the Toronto-born teenager said: ‘That is definitely a journey [where] I’m learning on the way but it’s just what works for me as an individual.
‘It might not work for anyone else and people might look at me like I’m crazy but I trust my own decision-making and my own beliefs of what I think is right for myself.
‘I’m pretty confident in how I’m working and my mindset and outlook towards how I’m approaching my tennis right.’
The tennis star, 19, pictured, born in Toronto and raised in London, says that she even brings her milk frother with her to tournaments so that she can have the exact same coffee every day
Beltz (pictured with Raducanu) took over in November but has been let go after five months
The tennis star, 19, who was born in Toronto and raised in London, also opened about the routines that she’s developed to help keep her grounded.
She said she brings her milk frother with her to tournaments so that she can have the exact same coffee every day, and always orders poke for dinner at night from Uber Eats.
She also likes to eat smoked salmon for every single meal, whether it’s with eggs or rice.
The teenager then described a typical training week, complete with waking up, doing a 20-30 minute warm-up and then going on court for an hour and a half, followed by 90 minutes in the gym.
She admitted that her training routine is ‘pretty intense’ and it can be tiring, adding that her rest days are much needed.
Outside of training, the tennis star loves to do yoga, adding that it helps her to stay flexible and it is very calming for her.
And living life at such a fast pace, competing and training, Emma does admit she is not always the best at relaxing but likes taking a bath with Epsom salts.
Speaking about her viewing and reading habits, the 19-year-old said that she likes to read non-fiction books because they help her to learn.
Her most current reads are Mindset: The New Psychology of Success and Billion Dollar Whale and The Psychology of Money.
Emma’s guilty pleasure is Taiwanese drama shows because she said the far-fetched plotines are a good way for her to switch off, while helping her to refine her Mandarin.
Beltz’s departure as Raducanu’s coach follows a pattern. Nigel Sears was disposed of after her fourth round showing at Wimbledon and, most surprising of all, Andrew Richardson was jettisoned after he helped her win the US Open.
However, Raducanu and her father Ian regard the business of coaching in a less orthodox way than most in the game, trying to take knowledge from a wide range of sources rather than focusing on being mentored by one person.
It is likely to be a facet of her career for the foreseeable future that she regularly mixes and matches coaching options.
Raducanu navigated her way through Wimbledon last summer with the help of Sears, whose daughter Kim is married to Andy Murray, as her temporary coach.
Raducanu quickly parted from Nigel Sears – Andy Murray’s father in law – after Wimbledon
She made it to the fourth round at SW19 but elected to switch coaches heading into the US Open, joining forces with Richardson, one of her youth coaches.
The pair masterminded a fairytale in New York as Raducanu won her maiden Grand Slam from the qualifying rounds without dropping a set across 10 matches.
Despite that shock success in New York, Raducanu made the decision to split from Richardson because she wanted a coach with pedigree on the WTA Tour.
Raducanu (right) also split from youth coach Andrew Richardson (left) after her US Open win
Richardson (second from right) was a key figure in Raducanu’s small team at the US Open
Following her split from Richardson, Raducanu held a number of coaching trials at her home base of Bromley Tennis Centre before settling on Beltz.
During their five-month run together Raducanu, the world No 11, suffered a first round exit at the Sydney Tennis Classic in January, lost in the second round of the Australian Open to Danka Kovinic, lost in round one in Guadalajara in late February, reached the last-32 at Indian Wells, last-16 at the Miami Open and the quarter-finals in Stuttgart, where she was beaten by world No 1 Swiatek.