Coach Dmitry Tursunov has been referred to as a “very laid-back man” by world No. 10 Emma Raducanu, who so far seems to like his company. The Daily Mail revealed last week that Raducanu would compete in her maiden summer hard-court competition in Washington, D.C., with Tursunov.
After only five months of working together, Raducanu and his coach Torben Beltz parted ways in April. Now that Raducanu and Tursunov are working together on a trial basis, it is clear from her statements that she is happy with the Russian coach’s contributions and may opt to hire him permanently.
His personality and demeanor are very laid-back. He’s fantastic to have around, in my opinion. He is still relaxed and maybe telling a really terrible joke when you are 5-All in the breaker. His sense of humor is good. He is a valuable member of the team.
He’s showing me how to be kinder to myself and not chase perfection, saying things like, “You can win and not be flawless,” According to James Gray, Raducanu remarked of Tursunov.
Raducanu: “He’s a valuable addition to the team. He’s showing me how to be kinder to myself and not chase perfection, saying things like, “You can win and not be flawless.” August 5, 2022 — James Gray (@jamesgraysport)
The decision made by Raducanu was not well received at home.
The Wimbledon tournament this year did not feature any Russian or Belarusian athletes.
British Member of Parliament Chris Bryant asked the 19-year-old Brit to “reconsider her choice” after learning that Raducanu had hired a Russian coach.
If Emma Raducanu moves on with this, the Kremlin will depict it as a PR victory and proof that the UK doesn’t truly care about the war in Ukraine.
I want her to reconsider and, at the very least, to denounce Putin’s heinous conflict, Bryant told The Telegraph. Tennis experts all agree that Raducanu requires consistent teaching because she has had three different coaches in the past 12 months.
It is uncertain whether Raducanu will choose to make Tursunov a full-time employee. Tursunov had collaborated with Anett Kontaveit and Aryna Sabalenka before temporarily joining Raducanu.