Tennis coach Michael Joyce was shocked to see Emma Raducanu splitting with her coach Andrew Richardson following her win at the US Open. After winning 10 matches to become the first qualifier in tennis history to win a Grand Slam, Raducanu split with her coach Richardson because she wanted a more experienced coach.
The decision came as a surprise and Raducanu traveled to the Indian Wells Masters without a coach. “I’d love to have someone with great experience right now by my side so if any experienced coaches are out there looking, you know where to find me,” Raducanu said after losing to Aliaksandra Sasnovich at Indian Wells.
Joyce warns coaches interested in working with Raducanu
Joyce knows well how it feels to work with a superstar on the rise as she led Maria Sharapova to three Grand Slam titles and world No. 1 ranking. “I was really surprised with the wording of the statement that was released when Emma announced she was splitting with Andrew Richardson, saying she felt she needed someone with Tour-level experience,” Joyce said, per Give Me Sport.
“I didn’t like the statement. If you have a good coach and it works well, then you’d think you would want to stick with them. Why would you want a big-name coach? “She’s a great player but it’s going to be a tough job for the next coach, as expectations are high.
“If she goes to the Australian Open next year and goes out early, people will say it’s because of the coach. “I’d known Maria for quite a long time before coaching her, as I was her hitting partner.
We got to know each other, we were on a journey. “It’s a tough one for whoever comes in and works with Emma as they won’t have that relationship and they will be under a lot of scrutiny”.