Former world No. 4 Greg Rusedski believes it would be absolutely great if Emma Raducanu and coach Darren Cahill could agree on a long-term deal.
After winning the US Open, Raducanu split with her coach Andrew Richardson because she wanted to find a more experienced coach.
“I think she’s had some great coaches throughout her career and throughout her development as a player,” Rusedski told Sky Sports. “When she got to the fourth round at Wimbledon she had one of the best coaches in the business in Nigel Sears.
“From there she moved on to Andrew Richardson who she won the US Open with, which was a phenomenal result. And even Esteban, he’s a world-class coach. Let’s not forget he took Jo Konta into the world’s top 10 and when they were together they won the Miami Open, so it’s going to be interesting to see who she appoints at the end of the season.
“There’s a lot of talk about Darren Cahill, so if she could tie up with that sort of coach on a long-term basis, I think that would be a great thing. But she’s got to find the right mix and the right person for herself.”
Raducanu won’t have an easy job of hiring Cahill
Cahill is one of the most respected coaches on the Tour, having worked with Grand Slam champions and former world No. 1s Andre Agassi and Simona Halep.
“Darren has got to want to do the job. He’s got his television work he enjoys doing. He’s got his family and he’s living in Australia these days so you’ve got to find a way to convince him to take it,” Rusedski explained.
“Knowing Darren, he’d want a long-term commitment and that’s something you look for as a coach. He’s got the pedigree, he’s got the CV, and he’s done it all in tennis so he’d be probably at the top of the list.”