Former world No. 1 John McEnroe said he was surprised after Emma Raducanu decided to part ways with coach Andrew Richardson following her US Open victory. After Wimbledon, Raducanu replaced Nigel Sears with Andrew Richardson.
In her first Grand Slam tournament with Richardson, Raducanu ended up winning it all. Even though Richardson guided her to her first Grand Slam, Raducanu decided against renewing their partnership. "I didn't believe in a full-time coach either so it really depends on the player," McEnroe told Eurosport.
"These days, it seems every player has a coach and I don't recall who it was when she won the US Open, but I must admit I was surprised they parted ways after she won that. It was an incredible shock for her to win that."
McEnroe: The expectations are now much bigger on Raducanu
In Australia, Raducanu reached the second round before suffering a surprise defeat Danka Kovinic. Now, Raducanu is set for her French Open debut. Raducanu is ranked at No.
12 but is now viewed as a French Open title contender. “I’m not sure where she is physically or mentally right now. She obviously did something spectacular at the US Open and you try to, in some ways, replicate what she was feeling at the time to allow her to play freely,” McEnroe added.
“That’s a lot harder now because the expectations are a lot higher so she has to find a group that can get her comfortable and allow her to train in a way that she understands and is good for her and be able to go on the court and feel some type of joy and happiness playing.
That’s the trick, but there is no way to do that, or understand how to do that, unless you understand the person. That’s the job of a coach or people around her to get her to a place to do what she does best”.