Former British Davis Cup player Barry Cowan has nothing but good words for Riccardo Piatti. He advised Emma Raducanu to meet the Italian coach if he is available.
This week, Raducanu announced his separation from manager Torben Beltz. Shortly after this break, The Times reported that the Raducanu camp hoped to get Piatti. After Wimbledon, Raducanu replaced Nigel Sears with Andrew Richardson.
Richardson guided Raducanu to his first Grand Slam at the US Open, but the Briton decided not to continue their partnership. Raducanu wanted to hire an experienced trainer and brought in Beltz, who guided Angelique Kerber to Grand Slam victories and the No. 1 ranking in the world.
Piatti is a former coach of Maria Sharapova and most recently worked with Jannik Sinner. “He’s a great guy,” Cowan told Sky Sports, quoted by Eurosport.
“He is someone who will invest a lot in any player he works with and can see the long-term vision, but he also knows that you have to win games now.
If he’s too available, my advice would be to call Riccardo Piatti.”
Cowan says Raducanu needs stability
During his interview with Sky Sports, Cowan emphasized that Raducanu cannot continue to replace managers like this.
Cowan emphasized that Raducanu needs to find someone for the long haul. This week, Raducanu hinted that he was in no rush to find a new coach.
“I always like to learn and I love hearing new ideas,” Raducanu said. “Whether I use them all or not is my own decision or my own choice, but I like to take a look at all the different ideas out there and the different models.
I’m pretty good at understanding the game, studying it. It is one of my strengths. Of course, a coach’s experience is invaluable sometimes, but most of the time I feel like I already know the answer to the question I’m asking.”