Former Madrid Masters tournament director Ion Tiriac recalled Emma Raducanu being labeled as a "billion-dollar girl" after her stunning US Open and victory and added it "would be a shame" if she disappeared from the WTA Tour.
Raducanu, 19, made all the headlines after becoming the first qualifier in tennis history to win a Grand Slam. "It was a blast to Emma in every way! As the New York Times said the day after she won: 'It's a billion-dollar girl!' Worth a billion immediately.
Those 10 years that were coming for sure, but for sure!" Tiriac said on the latest episode of Friends of Ovidiu, as revealed on Sportskeeda.
Tiriac on Raducanu's decision to fire her coach
Shortly after her US Open victory, Raducanu decided to split with coach Andrew Richardson.
Raducanu cited her desire to find a more experienced coach as the reason behind her decision. Raducanu hired Torben Beltz before the 2022 season, a coach who guided Angelique Kerber to Grand Slam success and the No. 1 ranking.
“In tennis, you are only as good as the people around you: family, coach - with all that tennis coach I don't know any. I was the last tennis coach to take a child and make him the world champion, I took the second and made him the number 1, I took the third and made him the number 1!
From Vilas, to Becker, to Ivanisevic, to Safin, to everyone!" said Tiriac. "Why did she get rid of the coach who took her there !? I know the British system quite well. It's a system that has enough money for development. Get a money cart from Wimbledon too.
She grew up in this system and grew up well. From a physical point of view, the British are very active, meaning they don't let you enter the field without a good physique, if you are in their program."