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Emma Raducanu hires coach Dmitry Tursunov ahead of the US Open

  • Emma Raducanu has hired a new coach ahead of the US Open
  • The Reigning US Open champion is expected to defend her title next month in New York
  • Raducanu parted ways with her German coach Torben Beltz in April

To be ready to defend her US Open championship, Emma Raducanu has hired a Russian coach.

Dmitry Tursunov, a retired Davis Cup player who now works with the Kent teen, will be by her side as she makes a comeback the following week in Washington DC for the Citi Open tournament at 

If their first stint together goes well, he will accompany her on the upcoming North American leg of the leading tour. She competed in lower-level competitions last year before shooting to fame at Flushing Meadows.

Dmitry Tursunov. Photo: WTA

 Tursunov has achieved great success working with clients on tour since quitting as a player in 2017.

Until their breakup following this year’s French Open, he propelled Estonian Anett Kontaveit into the top five.

Additionally, he has coached Aryna Sabalenka, who is ranked fifth in the world, as well as Elena Vesnina, who is ranked first in doubles, as well as Aslan Karatsev, who plays on the ATP Tour.

Raducanu, who welcomes advice from various sources, has been without a full-time coach since the end of her relationship with coach Torben Beltz in April.

She has gotten coaching in the meantime from a variety of people, including Jane O’ Donoghue, a previous LTA coach who worked with her at Wimbledon.

Dmitry Tursunov has a history of being a bit of a personality and practical joker throughout a successful career on the ATP Tour.

He kept a popular blog called Tursunov Tales, where he wrote about his adventures while playing tennis, like stealing Roger Federer’s racket bag prior to a match.

After placing 20th in the world, he went on to succeed as a coach. ‘

Now he must face Raducanu, who won the US Open but has barely displayed glimpses of his previous form since his spectacular victory at Flushing Meadows.

 His direct coaching approach is claimed to have yielded outstanding results for ambitious baserunners Kontaveit and Sabalenka.

Recurrent injuries have hampered Raducanu and made clear that she skipped out on body’s development while concentrating on finishing her schooling.

Emma Raducanu. Photo: Eurosport

A side strain she sustained in Nottingham nearly prevented her from competing at Wimbledon, where she looked weak and was soundly defeated by Caroline Garcia in the tournament’s second round.

She has maintained a low profile ever since, but early this month, she visited the IMG Academy in Florida.

If all goes well, she’ll probably play in Cincinnati, the Canadian Open, and Washington before going to New York. The enormous 2,040 ranking points she will have to secure there will add to the strain she already feels as the defending champion.

Tursunov’s task is to make further efforts to unlock the undeniable capability of the 19-year-old, who is presently ranked tenth in the world.

The most recent player Trsunov separated with, Kontaveit, is working with Raducanu’s former coach Torben Beltz, who was fired by the Britt in April, in the somewhat perplexing carousel of WTA coaching.

The Russian, who Tim Henman last defeated at a Grand Slam before quitting in 2007, would not have been prohibited from Wimbledon this year because the ban only applied to participants and press members.

 

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