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Emma Raducanu parts ways with Sebastian Sachs as Briton seeks sixth coach in two years

Emma Raducanu searching for her sixth coach in two years after parting with Sebastian Sachs; Briton is currently recovering from wrist and ankle surgeries which have ruled her out of grass-court season; Raducanu is now ranked 107 in the world

Emma Raducanu has split with coach Sebastian Sachs
Image: Emma Raducanu has split with coach Sebastian Sachs

Emma Raducanu has split with her fifth coach in under two years after parting ways with Sebastian Sachs.

The 20-year-old had only started working with Sachs - who had guided Belinda Bencic to an Olympic gold medal in 2021 - in December.

Raducanu is currently recovering from a triple surgery on her wrists and ankle which have ruled her out of the French Open and grass-court season.

The 2021 US Open champion posted on Twitter: "I have really enjoyed Seb's coaching and working with him, it's unfortunate that circumstances made it unfeasible for both of us to continue right now and we have decided to part ways.

"I wish Seb all the best moving forwards."

Sachs brief stint with Raducanu included the Australian Open in January, but their partnership is now over.

She spoke about hoping to forge a long-term link with Sachs in Melbourne, saying: "I really like Seb, I think that we've been doing some great work. He's very objective and really experienced, actually. I just love the way that we're working together and I really hope it lasts."

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Raducanu's team insist this latest split was a mutual decision, with the Briton unable to do any work on court for several months, and that the pair have a great relationship, while they have not yet begun the processor of looking for Sachs' successor.

Raducanu has had a litany of coaches in the past two years.

Nigel Sears was in Raducanu's corner for her run to the fourth round at Wimbledon in 2021 before Andrew Richardson coached her to her stunning US Open triumph, where she became the first qualifier ever to win a Grand Slam title.

But Raducanu opted not to extend their short-term partnership as she sought a coach with WTA Tour experience. She linked up with Angelique Kerber's long-time mentor Torben Beltz in November 2021, but that partnership would only last five months.

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Johanna Konta believes Emma Raducanu will be targeting the US Open as she recovers from wrist and ankle surgeries.

Raducanu then opted to turn to a "new training model with the LTA supporting in the interim" for the grass-court season before hiring Dmitry Tursunov for her US Open title defence.

The Briton won eight of her 15 matches with Tursunov before the Russian decided to leave in October last year to work with another player.

Raducanu then teamed up with Sachs, but would only be able to play 10 matches due to injuries.

Raducanu's timeline of coaches

When she made her breakthrough at Wimbledon in 2021, Raducanu was working with Andy Murray's father-in-law Nigel Sears.

She then dispensed with Andrew Richardson after her amazing victory in New York.

German coach Torben Beltz was recruited until April last year.

Russian Dmitry Tursunov was then employed on a trial basis but they could not agree on a permanent deal and they split in October last year.

Sachs was Raducanu's fifth coach in under two years.

What's next for Raducanu?

Emma Raducanu (Associated Press)
Image: Emma Raducanu is searching for a new coach again

The priority will be Raducanu's recovery but finding the right mentor has proved a tricky business and she must now go through that process all over again, with the concern that the best coaches will be put off working with her by the high turnover.

Raducanu is currently down to world No 107 and while her ranking continues to fall and she will rely on a protected ranking - and wildcards - on her return to action.

Raducanu joins ex-Slam champions at Hangzhou exhibition

Emma Raducanu
Image: Raducanu made history by becoming the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam title at the US Open

Raducanu will travel to the Hangzhou International Tennis Masters between June 22-25, albeit she is highly unlikely to compete.

She will be joined by several tennis legends including Marat Safin, Juan Martin del Potro and David Ferrer and a couple of local Chinese players.

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