Emma Raducanu: British number one splits with coach after US Open win

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British number one Emma Raducanu splits with her coach, who helped her win her first major title at US Open.

Andrew Richardson was hired to help with the United States summer tournaments, which concluded in New York with an unlikely victory for the 18-year old.

Raducanu was a qualifier for the tournament and is currently the world number 150.

She explained that she needed someone who has WTA Tour experience at this stage in her career.

"Especially now, as I'm so brand new to it. I feel like I need someone to help me.

"Never had I ever dreamed of winning the US Open, and now I'm number 22 in the world. That's pretty crazy to me."

Raducanu spoke after attending a "Homecoming Party" at the National Tennis Centre, London.

Alfie Hewett, Joe Salisbury and Gordon Reid, Britain's 2021 US Open champions, were also present on the stage and answered questions from children attending three local schools.

They had previously played tennis together with the Duchess Of Cambridge, who is a patron to the LTA.

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Raducanu said that Raducanu believes she has a "great game" and a "great forehand."

According to the new British number one, she doesn't have a coach in mind and would love to try out some coaches once the season is over.

Now, her thoughts turn to the rest of the season. She is likely to make a decision over the weekend about whether she will play in the prestigious BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells (California) next month.

She said, "I was able to get back on the court a few days ago and yesterday I completed a full training day."

"I felt pretty good about myself, my game, and I'm very excited to compete again.

"All the opportunities that I have had are very enjoyable, but I want to be on the tennis court. I just thrive out there.

"I haven’t yet decided on my schedule - I will decide in a few days where I will go - but wherever I play next I’m going to make sure that I’m prepared. I don't want too much to do.

Britain's 44-year wait to have a woman's Grand Slam singles champion ended by Raducanu beating Leylah Fernandez, a fellow teenager in the US Open final

Indian Wells begins on 6 October. However, Raducanu can wait and enter the Kremlin Cup in Moscow two weeks later.

She may be tempted by the attractive prospect of qualifying for WTA Finals.

Raducanu currently ranks 14th in the annual race to win the eight spots in November's year-end finals in Guadalajara (Mexico).

Raducanu may be able to qualify with a strong finish to the season, despite Ashleigh Barty's and Naomi Osaka not being certain.

"The WTA Finals was something I never dreamed of before. It was so far away and beyond my reach, but I am getting close now, so I believe it would be amazing if it were possible.

"But even if it isn't, it's still a bonus because my priority just to put in the best pre-season possible, so that I can start strong next season and next."