Michael Joyce, former coach of Russia's tennis star Maria Sharapova (who left tennis at the beginning of the last season), is very skeptical of Emma Raducanu's decision to split from her coach Andrew Richardson, the week after her historical triumph at the US Open, the last Grand Slam tournament of 2021.
The British made a strong and courageous choice, explaining that the main reason was the desire to have a coach with more experience at the highest levels of the WTA Tour. The American talked about and expressed all the doubts about the reasoning of the newly 18-year-old born in Toronto (Canada), which led to the dismissal of the 47-year-old Englishman, in an interview with The Sun.
Joyce said: "I did not like the statements about it. If you have a good trainer and it works well, then you would think about sticking with him. Why would you want a big name manager? She is a great player but it will be hard work for the successor, as her.
expectations are high. If she goes to the Australian Open next year and comes out soon, people will say it's because of the coach. We met, we were on a trip. It's tough for anyone who comes and works with Emma, because they won't have that relationship and will be subjected to a lot of scrutiny.
Entering an area and a bubble where everything seems to be fine. There are likely to be ups and downs with someone so young, with high expectations and a superstar status to get used to. She can only help Emma talk to Maria, so I would encourage her to do so."
The girl born in 2002, after a premature defeat at Indian Wells, changed her schedule of commitments for the final of the year, withdrawing from the 250 competition of Moscan, in which she was initially entered. After the 4th round at Wimbledon 2021, she won the US Open by beating the young Leylah Fernandez in straights sets, showing a great tennis. Her path in Flushing Meadows started from the qualifications.