Emma Raducanu: Dmitry Tursunov says “red flags” convinced him to end the coaching trial


Emma Raducanu is ranked 76th in the world

Dmitry Tursunov says “red flags” convinced British number one Emma Raducanu to stop training.

The Russian says he advised former US Open champion Raducanu, 19, and his team to listen “with one voice”.

Tursunov, Raducanu’s fourth coach in 15 months, said: “I felt there were going to be problems later.”

Raducanu won eight out of 15 matches with Tursunov split up two weeks ago

“We didn’t agree on terms and there were some red flags that couldn’t be ignored,” Tursunov, 39, said. tennismajors.comexternal link.

“It’s probably going to be a two-and-a-half-year project. His game is very raw.

“It’s going to take time, but like I said to him and pretty much everyone on his team, ‘I think you have to be one voice and try it a little bit.'”

Raducanu surprised the tennis world with him victory at the 2021 US OpenShe won a Grand Slam in the Open era becoming the number one seed and the first British woman in 44 years.

She was unable to build on that success in her first season on the WTA Tour as she struggled with injuries and changed coaches.

Raducanu has worked with Britain’s Nigel Sears and Andrew Richardson, but has been without a full-time coach since parting ways with Germany’s Torben Black in April.

He began working part-time with Tursunov after losing in the second round at Wimbledon this summer.

The trial with Tursunov was supposed to end after the US Open – Raducanu was eliminated in the first round – but they stayed together for several more months.

At that time he He reached the semifinals of the Seoul OpenFirst on the WTA Tour since winning the US Open.

I could have stuck around, I could have agreed to everything her team proposed, but deep down I didn’t think it was right,” said Tursunov, who previously helped introduce Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka to the world. Top 10 and now working with Swiss Olympic champion and world number 13 Belinda Bencic.

He’s absolutely brilliant, he’s a hard worker and he doesn’t think or act like a superstar,” Tursunov said of Raducanu. “He’s hungry to improve and obsessed with tennis. It’s quite a rare combination.

“So I really enjoyed working with him, and I really wanted it to work. It was a very difficult decision for me to walk away from a player I like and respect.

“I thought it would be an interesting project. I was hoping to find a solution to continue, but in the end we couldn’t agree on terms, so I had to leave.”

BBC Sport has approached Raducanu for comment.

He is To lead the British national team in the final of the Billie Jean King Cup in Glasgow in November.

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