Coach Dmitry Tursunov calls Emma Raducanu a “big, smart person” who has no problem working hard on the practice court and in the gym. Tursunov, a former top 20 player, has been with Raducanu since swinging on the North American hard court.
“I really like her. She’s a great person, she’s smart, she works hard,” Tursunov said of Raducanu during his appearance on the Tennis Legend Podcast, by Sportskeeda. “We all have our own things, each player has their own quirks and character traits.
Sometimes players can be stubborn or difficult to train, you’re not going to get a perfect player. I think she’s a really nice person, I really like her, so it makes it a little easier for me.”
Tursunov on working with Raducanu: I have nothing to complain about
After sacking three coaches in 12 months, Raducanu took some time before adding Tursunov to his squad.
Raducanu’s reputation for constantly changing coaches has drawn negative attention to her, but Tursunov says so far so far so good when it comes to working with the 19-year-old. “Whether things change or not, who knows, but for now I’m not complaining about anything,” Tursunov said.
Ahead of the 2022 season, Raducanu hired Torben Beltz, the coach who guided Angelique Kerber to Grand Slam titles and No. In late April, Raducanu decided to part ways with Beltz. Tursunov, who has worked with Aryna Sabalenka and Anett Kontaveit, explains that players are “the bosses” these days and it’s better when players approach coaches asking for collaboration.
“I think it’s better for the player to approach, not the coach, because ultimately it’s the player who needs help. If the coach approaches the players, it’s harder to find out if it’s the coach who needs the job or the player who needs the coach,” explained Tursunov.
“Today it’s changed a lot, the players are the bosses, so that changes the dynamic. It’s not a good thing because a 19-year-old sometimes doesn’t even know how to book a plane ticket, so how can they decide how to structure a working relationship with somebody?”