'It's a worry': Emma Raducanu's shock announcement in brutal twist

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Emma Raducanu (pictured) looking disappointed during a tennis match.
Emma Raducanu (pictured) will be looking for a new coach after splitting with Torben Beltz. (Getty Images)

Tennis teen sensation Emma Raducanu will again be looking for a new coach after splitting with her current manager after just five months.

The 19-year-old stunned the tennis world when she won the US Open in 2021 as a qualifier, which had experts predicting huge things for the British teen.

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However, Raducanu split with her coach Andrew Richardson after her surprise Flushing Meadows triumph.

She appointed German Torben Beltz as her coach in November after a lengthy search.

Her form under Beltz has been patchy with Raducanu struggling to live up to the hype placed upon her since the fairytale grand slam victory.

And after only five months, Raducanu has announced she has split with Beltz as she seeks a new 'training model'.

"I want to thank Torben for his coaching, professionalism and dedication over the last half a year," the BBC quoted her as saying in a statement.

Emma Raducanu (pictured left) walks with coach Torben Beltz (pictured right).
Emma Raducanu (pictured left) has split ways with her coach Torben Beltz (pictured right). (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

"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."

This marks the fourth time she will be looking for a coach in less than a year.

Former tennis pro Barry Cowan told Sky Sports that Raducanu's constant rotation of coaches was a worry.

“Jokingly it’s like she started to do better so maybe a new coach was required!” Cowan said.

“That’s kind of been the theme with Emma since Wimbledon. I think it’s a worry. I have consistently said that what I’ve felt Emma needs is someone in her corner consistently. She is not able to have that.

“Moving forward it will be interesting to see who she works with. At this stage of any player’s career they are the most important years and the years when you need a consistent voice off the court and also on the court. Emma is not going to have that at the moment because she is looking for a new coach.”

Emma Raducanu loses to World No.1

Despite some patchy form in recent months, Raducanu reached the quarter-final of the Stuttgart Open only to be knocked out by eventual winner and World No.1 Iga Swiatek.

The World No.9 had never played a Tour match on clay in her burgeoning career, but the 19-year-old

Raducanu, who suffered from a blister on her foot when playing for GB at the Billie Jean King Cup in Prague at the weekend, did take a little while to find her rhythm but soon looked at home.

"It has been difficult to transition to clay," she explained.

"Last week I was being taught how to slide on the clay using a medicine ball. To have come this far in the space of a week I am very happy."

with AAP

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