Mats Wilander ‘skeptical’ about Emma Raducanu’s partnership with Torben Beltz

Former seven-time Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander is skeptical about Emma Raducanu’s collaboration with coach Torben Beltz. 

Raducanu fired her coach after winning the US Open because she wanted to hire a more experienced coach and recently she added Angelique Kerber’s ex-coach Beltz. 

“We mustn’t forget that it wasn’t like we didn’t know who she was. We knew she had a huge game,” Wilander told Eurosport.

“They [young players] need to play the way they want to play, and they need to find out how good they are, and they need to ride the wave of youth and confidence for as far as they can before you start hiring coaches that have helped players to win Grand Slams. She knows how to win a Grand Slam. She won one.

“She needs to have fun, she needs to be allowed to do what she wants to do off and on the tennis court, and she needs to develop in her own time and not to force coaches on her.

“I’m not saying that Torben Beltz is not… he’s a great coach, he obviously coached Angie Kerber for a long time. I believe it helped her win Grand Slam tournaments, but Angie Kerber knew how to do that anyway.”

‘Raducanu should listen only to herself’

“We’ve got to let these kids grow up before you try to shape them. Otherwise, there’s a very, very big chance that people are going to be what stops Emma from developing into a great player,” Wilander added.

“I think she needs to be allowed to do that herself. We saw with Sascha Zverev – Ivan Lendl did not help Sascha Zverev at all! He was forced to try with these superstar coaches. It doesn’t work for an 18-year-old.

“They need to grow up in their own time and with Emma Raducanu, I’m sorry, but it’s not a good idea to have too many voices in her head. The only voice she needs to listen to is her own.”

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