mma Raducanu says he is “optimistic” to have a new coach in place before next year’s Australian Open, but believes the experience of working without him will prove to be beneficial in the long run.
Raducanu parted ways with Andrew Richardson after his sensational US Open triumph last month to seek a mentor with more Tour experience.
The 18-year-old returned to action at Indian Wells a fortnight ago without Richardson’s successor in place, but was beaten in her first game since her triumph at Flushing Meadows.
However, she is in no rush to appoint a permanent coach as she prepares to play at the Transylvanian Open in Romania this week.
“I think having a coach is great. But again, you are on your own on the ground, ”she said.
“I don’t think it’s great to be addicted. You have to coach yourself. It’s something I’m learning.
“Part of the experience I have is being able to learn to train myself.
“Sometimes it won’t always work, like in Indian Wells, but in the long run if I keep doing it I’ll be better in future situations. “
Raducanu held a trial with compatriot Johanna Konta’s former coach Esteban Carril last week but confirmed the Spaniard was one of many names under consideration.
“I had a few tries last week. I had a trial with Esteban. But I also had tests with others, ”she added.
“I’m optimistic about trying to have something in place for the offseason and the Australian Open.
“No, I didn’t choose the coach. But things are progressing. “
Raducanu faces Slovenian Polona Hercog in the first round of the Transylvanian Open on Tuesday.
The Briton’s father is Romanian and her grandmother lives in the country, making the tournament a kind of homecoming for the teenager, who has yet to compete in the UK since her first major success.
“I love Romania,” she said. “I used to come once or twice a year to visit my grandmother, who lives in Bucharest, during my childhood. It’s an hour’s flight from here.
“Once the tournament is over, I would love to go to Bucharest to be able to visit him. I haven’t seen her for two and a half years.
“The welcome I received was really, really nice and I always like to come back. “