Former world No. 1 Boris Becker says winning a Grand Slam as a teenager is almost impossible as he believes that finding a good coach will be the key in Emma Raducanu becoming a consistent player. Raducanu, 18, stunned the tennis world this past US Open when he became the first qualifier in tennis history to win a Grand Slam.
"It’s all very bizarre when it comes to looking for a coach,” Becker said on the Das Gelbe vom Ball podcast. “It’s hard enough to win a Grand Slam as a teenager, almost impossible. “I have had some experience there too, so I can fully understand Raducanu’s stomach-ache”.
After winning the US Open, Raducanu fired coach Andrew Richardson. Raducanu said she wanted to hire a coach with a more experience on the WTA Tour. "Maybe she should focus on finding a real coach,” Becker continued.
“It would be important for her to have an experienced coach who has already trained with other world class players. “For me, this is the next step that she needs to achieve consistency in her performance. “The most important question for her now is ‘who is my mentor, who is my protection?”
Raducanu suffers shock loss in Cluj-Napoca
Raducanu was destroyed by Marta Kostyuk in the Cluj-Napoca quarterfinal as the Ukrainian demolished the Briton 6-2 6-1.
"When you watch tennis and when you play someone are two very different things. I was watching, but I felt like Emma came on court and no one could really understand how to play her, or how her ball flies, or even her weak sides.
It was just tough to figure out, especially when she was playing so well," Kosstyuk said. “I knew I had just a little bit of time to figure it out and after the first couple of games, I kind of got it."