Emma Raducanu’s coaching approach has been a subject of debate, but her agent, Max Eisenbud, has come forward to defend the 20-year-old tennis sensation. Raducanu, who made history by winning the US Open at just 18 years old in 2021, has worked with five different coaches within the past two years, drawing both curiosity and criticism from the tennis community.
The British tennis prodigy began her professional journey under Nigel Sears, who departed shortly after her impressive run to the fourth round at Wimbledon in 2021. Andrew Richardson then took over and guided her to her historic triumph at Flushing Meadows.
However, the revolving door of coaches continued, with Torben Beltz coming on board in November 2021 but leaving just five months later in April 2022. Dimitri Tursunov took over next but expressed concerns about the potential issues of listening to too many voices. Most recently, Raducanu and Sebastian Sachs parted ways.
“It’s probably going to be like that for the rest of her career. That’s what’s comfortable for them,” Eisenbud explained, referring to Raducanu and her father, Ian, who have been actively involved in the coaching decisions. He added, “I’m not saying it is right or wrong, but that is the way they have done it, and I think it is fine to do things differently.”
Despite the constant changes, Eisenbud highlighted that this coaching approach has been a longstanding practice for Raducanu since her junior career. He revealed, “Her dad and Emma control all the coaching stuff. All the way up through the juniors, they never had coaches a long time, so, for them, that’s calm waters – having a coach for four to five months and then going on to someone else.”
While some may question the wisdom of such frequent changes, Eisenbud defended the decision, emphasizing that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to coaching. He acknowledged that every player has their own unique journey and that being different can be an advantage.
The scarcity of top-level coaches willing to travel extensively and work under specific conditions was also highlighted by Eisenbud. He remarked, “We are not sitting in a sport that has a plethora of great coaches – maybe eight, nine, or 10 great coaches.” This limitation often leads to coaches being recycled within the industry.
Despite the potential challenges of finding a new coach, Eisenbud remains optimistic about Raducanu’s future. He believes that her talent and determination will outweigh any concerns about her coaching choices.