Emma Raducanu’s ‘strange’ workout setup as Brit turned down ‘priority’ time with Louis Cayer | Tennis | sport
Emma Raducanu’s ‘strange’ training setup doesn’t allow her priority over UK doubles players to get time with LTA coach Louis Cayer. After her second-round defeat at Roland Garros, John McEnroe claimed the “revolving door of coaching” since the British No.1 won the US Open has hampered her career.
The Bromley teenager has parted ways with Nigel Sears after Wimbledon and Andrew Richardson after winning in New York. She then got rid of Germany’s Torben Beltz ahead of the clay court season.
Since the Madrid Open, the world number 12 has been supported by LTA coaches Cayer and Iain Bates. Canadian Cayer is widely regarded as the best doubles coach in the world with a deep technical knowledge of the game.
But world number 1 doubles Joe Salisbury, who is seeking a third Grand Slam title at the French Open with his American partner Rajeev Ram, said: “Louis said the doubles guys were always his priority, so if that changes at all, we’ll see.. It’s a bit of a weird situation he has with Emma as he helps her but not really her trainer, which I guess is the same as what he does for us.
“But we can have other coaches who travel with us, but there are a lot of players to manage and he won’t always be able to be at all practices and games. I can’t say for her if she will be happy.
Neal Skupski, who reached the third round on Thursday with his Dutch partner Wesley Koolhof, added: “I think Louis is trying to balance everything. He told us at the very beginning when it happened, the doubles guys will have priority.
“So normally, with Louis, there is a priority as it is done on the classification. So if anyone has a practice, Joe is #1 right now. He will therefore obtain the first time for Louis. And then if it’s nine o’clock, then I’ll try to go at 10 or 11 o’clock.
“So we are not at the same time and then it will be the next person in the standings. And then Emma is next… So I mean, it works. There have been no problems so far.
Skupski, a Liverpool fan, added: “He is very good technically. You’ll wake up at around 7am and already have something like an email or something on your phone with footage from the previous match. I don’t know how he is with singles.
“I don’t know how much input he has with Emma. I haven’t seen him in the field with her, seen what he actually does. I think he’s playing an advisory role, I’m sure he’ll try to put his stamp on Emma’s game one way or another. And I’m sure it will be a success.