Who is Raducanu’s coach?
His trainer is Alex Richardson. Known as “Flex”, Richardson, 47, was a promising tennis player who took part in a British Davis Cup match in 1997. A 6-foot-7 giant, he reached the third round at Wimbledon the same year, but perhaps lacked the zealous competitiveness of its contemporary Tim Henman. The two remain very close, however, and Richardson was the witness to Henman’s wedding.
Since his playing days, Richardson has struggled as a coach, mainly at Culford School in Suffolk. He also spent a few years working with Raducanu at the Bromley Tennis Center from the age of 11, then joined his camp this summer when she parted ways with veteran Nigel Sears. Part of the thought was that, as a relaxed presence and a familiar face, he would make her feel as comfortable as possible on her first long trip abroad.
The plan seems to have worked, judging by Raducanu’s comment that “He [Richardson] is a very calming character. So sometimes if I get intense or too excited or if I expect too much of myself, it’s very, very good at relaxing and reassuring me.
How much is Raducanu worth?
Raducanu has earned $ 303,376 (£ 219,591) since turning pro – which she has won almost all of them at Wimbledon this summer. However, she is in the running to win $ 2.5 million or $ 1.5 million in US Open prizes depending on the outcome of the final against Leylah Fernandez. These figures come solely from court earnings.
The teenage superstar has already surpassed Sir Andy Murray’s earnings at the same age and Raducanu is set to revise his career total of $ 62,059,682 (£ 44,859,841) in the field and the additional tens of millions he gleaned from sponsorships and endorsements.
Raducanu’s Instagram following has exploded during his superb run at the US Open, reaching over 625,000 followers, which will only add to his business value moving forward.