According to the PA news agency, Emma Raducanu will be joined by coach Dmitry Tursunov in Portoroz the following week. This week, Raducanu will receive a main draw wildcard, according to the Portoroz organizers. Tursunov was hired by Raducanu for a coaching trial during the North American hard court, but he made no mention of their working together after her elimination from the US Open.
Tursunov accompanied Raducanu while he was in the US in Washington, Cincinnati, and at the US Open. Raducanu competed in those three competitions, making it as far as the quarterfinals of the Washington and Cincinnati events and the round of 16 at the US Open.
After losing to Alize Cornet in the first round of the US Open, Raducanu remained silent when asked if Tursunov will work with her full-time. Raducanu stated following the game, “We had a good six weeks in the States here.
But I haven’t given it any thought.
Raducanu counseled Tursunov to continue.
Raducanu advanced to the Washington quarterfinal in their first competition together. Then, in Cincinnati, Raducanu defeated Victoria Azarenka and Serena Williams before falling to Jessica Pegula.
Tennis great Martina Navratilova shared her thoughts on the Raducanu and Tursunov connection and counseled the 19-year-old to stick with the Russian coach. According to Navratilova, “This is a good teaching setting for her.”
“I wish her luck in continuing. I would also be having trouble if I had that many coaches in a single year. There is too much knowledge, too many philosophies, and too many points of view. When you receive information from one coach, you can go through it and make sense of it.
But how are you expected to comprehend it all if you’re hearing it from so many different sources?” Raducanu is expected to tumble significantly in the rankings and be rated somewhere around 80th after failing to successfully defend her US Open title. Raducanu will now have to re-start from scratch in Portoroz, a competition from the WTA 250 category.