Emma Radocano said splitting with coach Turpin Peltz was a ‘difficult’ decision 2022-04-28 04:48:25


The 19-year-old, who stunned the tennis world by winning the US Open playoffs last year, is now looking for a fourth coach in less than a year.

Raducanu’s split from the German came as a surprise to many as she continues to boost her on clay ahead of her debut at the French Open next month.

“Turpin is a very great guy,” she told reporters ahead of this week’s Madrid Open. “I really enjoyed my time with him both on and off the field.

“He’s one of the nicest people I’ve ever met, so obviously it was hard to break up with someone like that, but now I feel very comfortable in my current training.

“Torben has been great for me because when I wanted someone with tour experience, I think during my first six months on the tour, they were very valuable.”

Emma Radocano with Turbine Peltz in Indian Wells.
Raducanu reached the quarter-finals of the Stuttgart Open last week – her first career in a WTA 500 quarter-final – but lost in straight sets to the world number 1 seed. Iga Sweatk.

However, it was a huge improvement on her difficult start to the year, during which she suffered a number of first-round exits to lower-ranked opponents and also dealt with injuries.

“Going forward, I will probably focus a lot on sparring,” Radocano added.

“It’s getting more and more obvious to me, as I spend more time on the tour, I’m used to the speed of these girls’ ball.

“I like to mix it up. I like to work very specifically and I’m very clear about what I want to work on. A lot of times these ideas come from myself.”

Radocano will meet Czech world number 49 Teresa Martinkova in the first round in Madrid on Friday.