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sport news Andy Murray's father-in-law, Serena's coach or Tim Henman - who will be Emma ...
sport news Andy Murray's father-in-law, Serena's coach or Tim Henman - who will be Emma ...

As if Emma Raducanu isn't already reaching for the stars, the 18-year-old tennis sensation's decision to sack coach Andrew Richardson just after her US Open for a 'high level appointment' suggests she wants to stay at the top. 

The British No 1 announced on Friday that she has parted ways with one of the the masterminds behind her Flushing Meadows fairytale and one of her main mentors at Bromley Tennis Centre where she began playing from a young age. 

The move is not a surprise, given Richardson was on a short-term contract that was planned to end after the US Open anyway. But Raducanu revealed she is looking for a coach with more WTA Tour experience, so she can win competitions to continue her rise up the rankings, as she currently sits as the World No 22. 

She said this week: 'I feel like at this stage in my career, and playing the top players in the world, I realised I really need someone right now that has had that WTA Tour experience at the high levels, which means that I'm looking for someone who has been at that level and knows what it takes.

'And especially right now because I'm so new to it, I really need someone to guide me who's already been through that.' 

Emma Raducanu is looking for a new coach following her shock US Open victory this month

Emma Raducanu is looking for a new coach following her shock US Open victory this month

Raducanu let go Andrew Richardson (above) who was on a short-term contract on her team

Raducanu let go Andrew Richardson (above) who was on a short-term contract on her team

So with her momentum rising as she prepares for a decision that could shape the rest of her career, where does Raducanu go next? 

The decision needs to come quickly, as the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells starts in the first full week of October. 

Sportsmail analyses all of the high-profile options available to Raducanu...

Tim Henman

One of the names being touted is former British No 1 Tim Henman, who was by Raducanu's side for almost her entire US Open campaign whilst working as a courtside pundit for Amazon Prime. 

Henman has been part of Raducanu's life for a long period of time - Richardson was his best man at his wedding 20 years ago and the ex-British No 1 was often seen giving the 18-year-old tips and advice between matches in New York, including before the final. 

Tim Henman (right) was by Emma Raducanu's side for her US Open win at Flushing Meadows

Tim Henman (right) was by Emma Raducanu's side for her US Open win at Flushing Meadows

Henman's close relationship to Richardson, however, does raise question marks over whether the former Wimbledon semi-finalist would be the right choice for Raducanu. How different would the guidance really be compared to Richardson's training?

The former tennis star has also never shown any intention of coaching professional players, let alone up-and-coming stars since his retirement in 2007. 

Punditry and commentary has been the name of the game for Henman, particularly at Wimbledon - but also for Amazon Prime. 

Perhaps Henman will continue to play that advisory role as a close friend, but a professional coaching role looks slightly far-fetched. 

Henman, however, has shown no desire to go into coaching and is a regular in TV punditry

Henman, however, has shown no desire to go into coaching and is a regular in TV punditry

Darren Cahill

 A more realistic option for Raducanu would be former Australian star Darren Cahill, who has the top quality WTA Tour experience she has been looking for.

The 55-year-old has coached multiple former World No 1s in the women's game in guiding Ana Ivanovic and Simona Halep, taking the latter to the very top in 2017 and 2018, which included a win at the French Open. 

Halep also split with Cahill earlier this week, which does raise questions about the timing of that alongside Richardson's departure from Raducanu's coaching team just two days later. 

Darren Cahill (above) is one of the more qualified people to take Raducanu forward in her game

Darren Cahill (above) is one of the more qualified people to take Raducanu forward in her game

Cahill also coached Daniela Hantuchova, who has an all-time career singles ranking high of World No 5, but her career highlights came in the mixed doubles category in the early 2000s. 

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