Raducanu Confirms Torben Beltz As New Coach
British No. 1 Emma Raducanu has at long last appointed a new full-time coach. The US Open champion has confirmed she’ll be working with Torben Beltz, the 44-year-old German who oversaw Angelique Kerber’s rise to the top.
Beltz will help Raducanu prepare for the first Grand Slam of 2022, the Australian Open.
Raducanu has been hunting for a new coach ever since she parted ways with Andrew Richardson following her fairy-tale performance at Flushing Meadows.
He Coached Kerber To Greatness
Speaking after her loss to Wang Xinyu on Tuesday, Raducanu said she deems it an enormous privilege to get to work with someone like Beltz. Their time together will include working together all throughout the pre-season, she confirmed.
Beltz spent three stints coaching Angelique Kerber, with the first a decade-long period that saw her take her very first steps on the professional tour. He also during that time helped her make it into the sport’s top 10. The pair eventually separated in 2013.
It would however not be long before Beltz and Kerber would reunite once more. This meant the German had been the one by her side when she played the best year of her career in 2016. During that year, she won both the Australian Open and the US Open. She also played her way into the final at Wimbledon and later went on to claim an Olympic silver medal.
Beltz and Kerber split for a second time in 2017, after which Kerber went on to appoint Wim Fissette as his replacement. Beltz shortly after began training Donna Vekic, who broke into the tennis top 20 under his watchful eye.
The German coach and his long-time student eventually hooked up again for a brief third stint after Kerber separated from Fissette last summer.
Beltz Brings Experience
Raducanu spoke on Tuesday about how Beltz brought a great deal of experience to any coaching relationship. She said she thought working with Beltz would help guide her the top just as he had done with Kerber.
But Beltz is also a cheerful guy and one who brings a great deal of positive energy to a team, said the British teenager. Raducanu said she considered this to be important when touring and away from home.
When asked on her opinion of England rugby union coach Eddie Jones, who recently suggested distractions had been to blame for her poor follow-up performance after her US Open win, Raducanu said she wasn’t sure “who or what” that meant as she hadn’t really followed the news.