Emma Raducanu is keen to link up with celebrated Italian coach Riccardo Piatti after sacking Torben Beltz after just five months.
Raducanu announced on Tuesday she was going to switch to “a new training model” after dismissing Beltz, and it is understood the British No 1 intends to work with multiple experts to improve her game.
However, it is believed that Piatti has been lined up as the most influential figure in the new regime. And that while Piatti might not travel to many events – he is 63, after all – he is still expected to be in her player box at the French Open in just under a month’s time.
In practice, the “new training model” is likely to involve Piatti presiding over a rotating cast of allies – some from the Lawn Tennis Association and some from his own academy on the Italian Riviera. Piatti himself has an expansive staff, including 16 other coaches, six physical trainers and three physios.
This latest change in personnel might seem to indicate further chaos within the Raducanu camp, after the previous departures of Nigel Sears (after Wimbledon last year) and Andrew Richardson (after her stunning triumph at the US Open in September).
But there is also an argument that Piatti would represent an upgrade on any of Raducanu’s previous hires. He is seen in the business as a savant-level coach – a man who has worked with legends of the game such as Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova.
In a statement, Raducanu said “I want to thank Torben for his coaching, professionalism and dedication over last half a year. He has a huge heart and I have enjoyed our strong chemistry during the time together. I feel the best direction for my development is to transition to a new training model with the LTA supporting in the interim.” Iain Bates, the LTA’s head of women’s tennis, will be accompanying her this week in Madrid.