Ex-coach likes post saying his parents ‘handled him badly’


Emma Raducanu’s former coach Dmitry Tursunov seems to suggest his parents are mishandling the British tennis star.

Tursunov is the fourth manager to leave Raducanu’s team in the past 15 months — following the departures of Nigel Sears, Andrew Richardson and Torben Beltz.

Raducanu reportedly wants to continue working with Tursunov, having won eight of her 15 games since she started working with the Russian coach.

However, the 39-year-old is now believed to be the one to end the partnership and have reportedly accepted another coaching job elsewhere.

What did Tursunov say?

Although Tursunov hasn’t publicly explained why he is no longer working with the former US Open champion, he did like some social media tweets that were particularly damning for Raducanu.

One of those tweets read: “Apparently it was Tursunov’s decision. His new player is a much better fit for his California residency and he was having visa issues anyway. I don’t know if he’s fully truthful or if he is trying to save Raducanu’s face.”

The Russian also liked, then hated a tweet suggesting there are other reasons why he quit working with the Briton.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 30: Emma Raducanu of Great Britain talks to her coach Dmitry Tursunov during a practice session ahead of their women’s singles first round match on day two of the US Open 2022 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 30, 2022 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

“Tursunov is practically running away, isn’t it [it] bad sign for you? Like something’s going on inside there,” the tweet said.

Meanwhile, Tursunov liked a third tweet which suggests he thinks Raducanu’s parents are influencing his decision on which coaches to hire.

“It seems like the parents are doing poorly. It’s like the owner of a major league sports team asking the general manager to change coaches every year or select players.”

Who is Tursunov?

Tursunov is a retired Russian tennis player, who won seven titles during his professional career.

Since becoming a coach, he has mentored Elena Vesnina and Aryna Sabalenka, while working successfully with Anett Kontaveit.

The Estonian won five titles under Tursunov’s tutelage and was ranked second in the world at one point.

Dmitry Tursunov
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 28: Emma Raducanu of Great Britain during a practice session with coach Dmitry Tursunov during previews for the 2022 US Open tennis at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 28, 2022 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Who will be Raducanu’s new coach?

Raducanu has yet to announce who her new trainer will be, although she did say she will be working with fitness specialist Jez Green.

During his career, Green has worked with Andy Murray and Alexander Zverev, among others.

Green was part of Murray’s team for seven years and helped him win the US Open, Wimbledon and Olympic gold at the 2012 Games.

Currently, Green is currently working with former world number three Dominic Thiem but will be able to provide Raducanu with some fitness advice over the coming weeks as she prepares for the 2023 Tour.

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