As soon as the bus arrived in Graz, Austria, Gabriella Raducanu of Austria’s Malko Top in the World Cup, who has been the team’s coach since 2013, went straight to the scorer’s bench to tell Emma Raducanu she would not be staying on.
“I just don’t have the stomach for this competition anymore,” Raducanu said. “It was tough, because she gave everything. She wanted the young players to achieve something, to prove the team was better than last year.”
Moments later, Raducanu flew home. A defiant and emotional Raducanu broke down as she announced Torben Beltz as her successor. The 30-year-old Pole will take over leading the new-look Austria team for the 2018-2019 season.
“I will not sleep well for a week,” said Raducanu, who lasted less than a season in her coaching role. “I would have loved to stay here, but Gabriella said ‘No’ — so it’s OK. It was her choice, I believe. And that’s good for the team.”
A document released on Friday (July 28) by Raducanu shows that she had signed a contract through to 2019. Raducanu said she is still thankful to all the players she was able to coach in Austria. “With them I gave hope for a change,” Raducanu said. “I wish them success for the future.”