Former 18-time Grand Slam champion was sad and surprised at the same time after hearing the news about the Emma Raducanu and Torben Beltz split. On Monday, new world No. 11 Raducanu announced she would not continue working with coach Beltz.
After the 2021 season ended, Raducanu announced Beltz as her coach for the 2022 season. Less than five full months into the new season, Raducanu decided she needed a change of scenerey. "I was sorry to hear about the @EmmaRaducanu @TorbenBeltz split," Evert tweeted.
"She was playing well and looked great against Iga last week. He is an accomplished coach and a great guy…the surprises keep coming!"
Raducanu was excited after hiring Beltz
Raducanu, 19, split with coach Andrew Richardson after winning the US Open.
Raducanu's decision to fire coach who led her to a Grand Slam title came as a major shock to many. After firing Richardson, Raducanu cited her desire to find a more experienced tour coach. Raducanu waited until the end of the season and then announced Beltz as her coach for the 2022 season.
Beltz is one of the most respected coaches on the tour, having guided Angeliue Kerber to Grand Slam ttiles and the world No. 1 ranking. Raducanu thought Beltz was the coach she needed in her corner but their stint came to an end after just five months.
"I want to thank Torben for his coaching, professionalism and dedication over the last half a year," Raducanu said. "He has a huge heart and I have enjoyed our strong chemistry during the time together. "I feel the best direction for my development is to transition to a new training model with the LTA supporting in the interim." Raducanu achieved her best result of the year last week in Stuttgart.
For the first time this season, Raducanu won back-to-back matches as she reached the Stuttgart quarterfinal before losing to world No. 1 Iga Swiatek.