Henman urges Raducanu to take time over coach decision after axing his best man

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Tim Henman has urged Emma Radukanu to take her time to select a new coach after ousting her best man.

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The teen sensation, 18, captured an incredible US Open title after becoming the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam – failing to drop a set in the process.

Emma Radukanu is urged by Tim Heineman to take her time to choose a new coachcredit: Rex
Tim Heineman advises Radukanu not to rush into hiring a new coach as she takes her next step to superstardom

Tim Heineman advises Radukanu not to rush into hiring a new coach as she takes her next step to superstardomcredit: getty

Shortly after his victory, Raducanu split the company with coach Andrew Richardson in search of a more experienced elite mentor to help him take the next step into superstardom.


But Heinman – a mentor of sorts at Flushing Meadows – has urged Bromley Aces to pick a new coach, with former Brit star Jeremy Bates helping him at Indian Wells.

The former British No. 1 and world No. 4 worked as a pundit for Amazon Prime throughout the US Open and was always on hand to offer the budding star some advice.

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And – despite Radukanu ousting Richardson, who was the best man at Heineman’s wedding – Tiger Tim continues to extract pearls of wisdom.

On the coaching puzzle, Heinemann told Guardian: “He hasn’t hired a coach yet.

“At the end of the year, whenever the competitive tennis year ends, he’ll have plenty of time for it.


“It probably gives him most of November and December to really think about it.

“It’s important because there’s a lot going on in his world.”

Heinemann has no doubt that Radukanu can have an incredibly successful career if she can block out external distractions.

She continued: “My advice to her would definitely be: ‘Don’t worry about what other people think.’

“There’s always going to be a huge amount of opinion out there and that’s something she can’t control.

“If she focuses on the things that are within her control, she will continue to grow and achieve great things within the game.”

Heineman followed Radukanu’s US Open journey from court to side and revealed that he was always ready to help her through the biggest fortnight of his life.

The six-time Grand Slam semifinalist said: “I was there to talk to Andrew and Emma at any level. And if I can help, that was great.

“I was there to do my television work, but when you’re so close to the action, I could support too.

“When I look at my career and the things I was able to achieve, hopefully I was a role model and an inspiration to the younger generation.

“It’s also part of breaking down barriers for young players: ‘Well, if he can do it hard, there’s no reason I can’t do something like this’.”

Emma Radukanu is back on the training court to prepare for the Indian Wells tournament

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