World No.11 Emma Raducanu is hoping to add Riccardo Piatti to her squad and as coach, The Times reports. Last Tuesday, Raducanu announced that she would not stop working with trainer Torben Beltz.
“I want to thank Torben for his training, professionalism and dedication over the last 6 months,” Raducanu announced. “She has a big heart and I appreciated our strong chemistry during our time together.
I think the best direction for my development is to switch to a new training model with the support of the LTA in the meantime.”
Raducanu hopes to work with Piatti before Roland-Garros
The Times reported that talks between Raducanu’s management company, IMG, and Piatti are ongoing. Furthermore, it has also been revealed that Raducanu hopes to debut Piatti before the French Open begins.
The Italian coach has already worked with big names in tennis, including former World No.1 Maria Sharapova. Piatti was recently Jannik Sinner’s trainer.
Two weeks ago, Raducanu herself was training at the Piatti academy. “The (Piatti academy) team has a good set-up. It was just a good experience to see how other places work,” Raducanu said on April 15.
After parting ways with Andrew Richardson, Raducanu hired a more experienced coach and ended up hiring Beltz, who led Angelique Kerber to Grand Slam success and a World No.1 ranking.
Five months later, Raducanu decided to end his partnership with Beltz. Reflecting on Raducanu’s decision, British tennis pundit Barry Cowan said it was a worrying sign.
Cowan also advised Raducanu to think carefully before deciding on his next manager, as he needs stability and someone to trust in the long term.
“Anyone who isn’t involved in the sport would think it’s a little strange that he’s looking for a new coach. More importantly, whoever he hires next really has to be someone he’s going to stick with for a while, a long time because you can’t keep going. changing managers like that,” Cowan told Sky Sports.
“Maybe you can get away with it once or twice, but you can’t keep changing coaches every 4-5 months and think that can be a long-term benefit.”