Emma Raducanu’s former coach Dmitry Tursunov has appeared to suggest that her parents mismanage the British tennis star.
Tursunov is the fourth coach to have left Raducanu’s team in the last 15 months –– following the departures of Nigel Sears, Andrew Richardson and Torben Beltz.
Raducanu had reportedly wanted to continue working with Tursunov, having won eight of her 15 matches since she started working with the Russian coach.
However, the 39-year-old is now thought to have been the one who ended the partnership and has allegedly accepted another coaching job elsewhere.
What has Tursunov said?
While Tursunov has not spoken publicly on why he is no longer working with the former US Open champion, he did like some tweets on social media that were particularly damning of Raducanu.
One of these tweets read: “Apparently it was Tursunov’s decision. His new player suits his California residency much better and he was having visa issues anyway. Not sure if he’s being entirely truthful or trying to save face for Raducanu though.”
The Russian also liked, then unliked a tweet suggesting there are other reasons he walked away from working with the Brit.
“Tursunov practically running away, isn’t [it] a bad sign for you? Like something is going on inside there,” the tweet said.
Meanwhile, Tursunov liked a third tweet that suggests he believes Raducanu’s parents are influencing her decision on which coaches to hire.
“Appears the parents are mismanaging. It’s like an owner of a major league sports team telling the GM to change coaches annually or what players to draft.”
Tursunov’s likes. 🗿💀 pic.twitter.com/4wr8CACOCa
— Ashley says abolish countries. (@littlegnome16) October 12, 2022
Who is Tursunov?
Tursunov is a retired Russian tennis player, who won seven titles during his professional career.
Since switching to coaching, he has mentored the likes of Elena Vesnina and Aryna Sabalenka, while he also enjoyed success working with Anett Kontaveit.
The Estonian won five titles under Tursunov’s tutelage and was ranked second in the world at one stage.
Who will Raducanu’s new coach be?
Raducanu is yet to announce who her new coach will be, though she has announced she will work with physical conditioning 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 with 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 fitness advice over the coming weeks as she prepares for the 2023 Tour.