Raducanu to take first holiday in 7 years after painful end to historic season

Emma Raducanu is set to take her first holiday in SEVEN years as she brings her historic season to an end.

The teen produced one of the moments of the year when she won the US Open title without dropping a set in September.

Prior to her New York triumph, she reached the fourth round of Wimbledon and will aim to better that result at SW19 next year.

After a first-round exit at Indian Wells, Raducanu followed it up with a quarter-final appearance at the Transylvanian Open, before losing her opening match at the Linz Open earlier this week.

Now the Bromley local is able to enjoy some time off before the new season begins at the Mubadala Championships in Abu Dhabi next month.

She said: “It’s my birthday soon and it’s the end of the season.

“I haven’t been on holiday for seven years. So it will be nice to have the opportunity to go somewhere.

“The last time was a long weekend to Switzerland with my parents. I’m hoping to make it longer than that."

Stressing the need to rest and recharge her batteries, Raducanu added: “I’ll want to switch off completely to be honest. I have watched and been around a lot of tennis for the second half of this year.

“I will switch off and when I am back in pre-season I will be super hungry and motivated to do better.”

There is much for the 18-year-old to look forward to when she does return to the court, as she now hired a new coach.

Torben Beltz, the former coach of Angelique Kerber, will guide Raducanu from next season and she is thrilled to work with him.

She said: "I'm definitely very excited to work with him throughout the pre-season and into next year so things are looking up and it's a very, very positive feeling, very excited about all the work that is to come.

"He brings a lot of experience. He's obviously worked with Kerber who is such a great player and has done extremely well and won three Slams and I think that experience definitely helps with someone as inexperienced as me so he can help guide me through, which I feel really confident about.

"Also he's a really positive, cheerful guy who brings great energy to the team so I think that's also important when you're travelling on the road for quite a long time on the tour."

Prior to Abu Dhabi, the British number one is set to play a homecoming exhibition match in front of tennis fans at the Royal Albert Hall on November 28.

Other players include Greg Rusedski, fan favourite Mansour Bahrami, Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic and former finalist at the All-England Club, Tomas Berdych.

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