US Open Tennis champion Emma Raducanu has a new coach in the form of German Torben Beltz, but who is he? Which multiple-winning Grand Slam winner has he coached?
Raducanu has split from coach Andrew Richardson, who guided her through the US Open in September.
Canadian-born Briton Raducanu famously won just her second Grand Slam event, beating Leylah Fernandez in the final on September 11th.
Since winning the US Open, Raducanu has lost in the Indian Wells championship.
She was also knocked out in the quarter-finals of the Transylvania Open, having split with Richardson (below) two weeks after the win in New York.
Who is Torben Beltz?
Beltz is a 44-year-old German who played Tennis collegiately in the United States.
He did not play professional Tennis and moved into coaching in 2004 with prodigy Angelique Kerber.
Beltz spent nine years working with Kerber in this first spell as she worked her way up through the rankings.
It was at the 2011 US Open at Flushing Meadows where, ranked 92nd in the world, Kerber made the semi-finals.
A year later, she won twice on the WTA Tour, reaching the Championships in Turkey, before splitting with Beltz.
They rejoined forces again in 2015 as Kerber struggled for form.
Beltz success with Kerber
It was in this spell that Kerber became of the best players in the world, storming to world number one and her maiden Grand Slam title.
She won on the hardcourts in both Melbourne and New York to clinch the 2016 Australian and US Open titles.
For good measure, she also walked away with a silver medal in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio – losing to Monica Puig in the Gold medal match.
Beltz and Kerber split again in 2017, before their final stint together began in summer 2020 – albeit only a short one this time.
Who else has Torben Beltz coached?
During his 2017-2020 time away from Kerber, Beltz was coach to Croatia’s Donna Vekic.
She ended 2018 nicely inside the top 50 in the rankings, reaching her first quarter-final of a Grand Slam in New York the following year.
Beltz also had a spell as coach to Carina Witthoeft in 2014.
What has Raducanu said about her new coach?
The appointment was first reported by The Telegraph.
Raducanu had been tipped to make an announcement on her new coach at any time, saying she was “really feeling positive,” ahead of the Linz Open.
Beltz joining her coaching team will coincide with pre-season training, with the Australian Open set for January.
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