Emma Raducanu new coach: Carlos Rodriguez emerges as frontrunner
Emma Raducanu is reportedly closing in on appointing a new coach with Carlos Rodriguez now the frontrunner for the job.
The British teenager is on the lookout for a new permanent coach after opting to part ways with Andrew Richardson, the man who guided her through her US Open triumph last month.
Raducanu is gearing up for her first appearance at Indian Wells with a second round clash against Aliaksandra Sasnovich and will have Jeremy Bates in her box for the duration of the tournament.
The 17th seed is biding her time not to rush appointing her next coach but The Telegraph claim Rodriguez is now the frontrunner for one of the most sought-after jobs in tennis right now.
Rodriguez previously coached Li Na to the 2014 Australian Open title and Raducanu’s family and agents have identified the coach as a leading contender.
The respected Argentine coach made his name with the young Justine Henin and coached her to seven singles Grand Slam titles – comprising of four Rolland Garros wins, two US Open triumphs and one Australian Open victory.
Raducanu is also likely to be a fan of Rodriguez’s work with Na after the 18-year-old admitted the Chinese star is an idol of hers.
For now, Raducanu will be focused on playing in her first tournament since becoming a Grand Slam champion and any decision on her new coach will likely be made towards the end of the year ahead of a busy 2022 season.
Raducanu has already committed to playing in Moscow, Cluj-Napoca and Linz before potentially ending the year with an appearance at the WTA Tour Finals in Mexico.
Speaking earlier this week on her next coach, she insisted she was in no rush to make a decision.
‘Jeremy is part of women’s tennis at the LTA so while he’s here he’s helping me out,’ said the world No. 22.
Source : metro