ROLAND GARROS — Emma Raducanu will delay her search for a new coach until she is closer to full fitness after splitting with Sebastian Sachs.
Sachs has been working with Raducanu since December but has been let go with the British No 1 currently recovering from triple surgery on her hands and ankle.
Sources close to Raducanu say it was a mutual decision and that player and coach enjoyed a good relationship during their six-month stint, but the fact remains that the 20-year-old will now be looking to hire a sixth coach in two years.
i understands that the search for his replacement has not begun and there will be no rush to hire given the current circumstances.
In May, Raducanu went under the knife to deal with bone spurs in her hands that were making tennis a painful and almost unbearable experience, as well as an ankle problem that she had been managing since slipping in Auckland back in January.
Her recovery period is expected to be at least four months, her longest period off tour since she burst onto the scene by making the fourth round of Wimbledon in 2021.
That breakthrough was made under the tutelage of Nigel Sears, who was then replaced by Andrew Richardson, the man who guided her to US Open success during his trial period.
Richardson wanted to stay on but was told they were “going in a different direction” a few weeks after the famous run in New York.
Torben Beltz was next, picked over Richardson because of his knowledge of the WTA Tour, but he only lasted a few months before Iain Bates, the LTA’s head of women’s tennis, started working with Raducanu at tournaments, and then Dmitry Tursonov was given the job last summer.
He left after saying he saw some “red flags” in Team Raducanu, and Sebastian Sachs came in shortly before Christmas in 2022.
Sources told i that Sachs impressed with his detail-driven approach and meticulous statistical analysis, but now he has gone too and the list of candidates will be drawn up as Raducanu gets closer to a return the tennis court.
While this split appears on the surface to be amicable and no coach would wish to spend three months twiddling their thumbs waiting for rehab to finish, the optics of dispensing with yet another trainer will not go unnoticed, and will surely play on the mind of anyone considering taking on Raducanu.