World No. 8 Ons Jabeur couldn't be happier to have Issam Jellali as her coach as she appeared to suggest to Emma Raducanu that having a big name doesn't guarantee you success. US Open champion Raducanu's decision to fire her coach Andrew Richardson after winning it all at Flushing Meadows so she could a more experienced coach drew lots of attention, Jabeur is not coached by a big name coach but she became the first Arab player ever to break into the top-10 and she is now close to becoming the first Arab to play at the WTA Finals.
"My tennis coach is someone I respect so much. We kind of started from the bottom together. We are now in the top-10. Some people doubted our team a lot, but we stayed together. You don't necessarily need to have a coach with a lot of experience.
We need to change this mindset. The most important thing is that the coach understands his player. From there you can do amazing things. This is what we did with my team. It's a dream team that I have. I hope we will continue to work hard," Jabeur said.
Raducanu urged coaches interested to contact her
“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 in Indian Wells.
Maria Sharapova's ex-coach Michael Joyce warned coaches off working with Raducanu. "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," Joyce said.
“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."