With only a month left to defend her US Open title, Emma Raducanou seems to have found a new coach. The Briton will work with Russian Dmitry Tursunov, hoping to get in shape before the North American hard. Their tour starts in August: Washington, Toronto, Cincinnati. The paparazzi have already caught the guys on one of the American courts. If the union suits each other, the couple will be seen at the major, and possibly even after. Against the backdrop of the conflict at Wimbledon and all British tournaments with ATP and WTA due to the ban of Russians and Belarusians, is the Briton not afraid of a hate?!
Although only a couple of weeks ago Tursunov broke up with No. 2 Anett Kontaveit – the Estonian complained about the visa problems of the coach, she could no longer travel to tournaments with the Russian as freely as before. For example, the grass season in England turned out to be impossible for Dmitry. Anette complained about the inconvenience, but broke up with Tursunov peacefully. In addition, the other day, the authorities of her home country of Estonia banned tennis players from Russia and Belarus from participating in professional tournaments in the country – the players received letters from the ITF. It is not clear whether this would apply to coaches, but the couple seems to have made the right decision.
Dmitry Tursunov and Anett Kontaveit
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Despite the inconvenience the Russians face on the tour, Emma’s choice seems obvious. Yes, during his playing career, Dmitry showed modest results – in 2006 he was 20th in the world. But today Tursunov is a top coach who has been gaining a coaching reputation since 2017. His last client, Anette, took five WTA tournaments in a year and remained one step away from the title in two more finals. She also rose to the second line of the ranking and for the first time entered the final of the Final. Tursunov is known for his collaboration with another No. 2 round of the Belarusian Arina Sobolenko. With the Russian, she also entered the top 10 for the first time. There was an experience with the first racket of the world in doubles Elena Vesnina and Aslan Karatsev in the men’s round.
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In addition, it combines three girls and an aggressive style. Everyone uses power shots to force the opponent to return uncontrolled and sloppy balls. Apparently, the background of victories and amazing career ups lured the 19-year-old tennis player. After all, her best result this season is reaching the quarterfinals of the clay tournament in Stuttgart, Germany, where she lost to the Polish Iga Sviontek. Therefore, systematic work throughout the year and stability would definitely cheer up the most popular tennis player of the tour – among her sponsors are Wilson, Nike, Dior, Tiffany & Co., British Airways, Evian, Vodafone, Porsche.
It is curious, but a year ago, the Russian would never have agreed to train the young champion. “If someone from her team called me now and asked if I would like to train her, I would tremble with fear, because you don’t know when you will be fired.”
The decision, of course, was influenced by the new challenge and unemployment. But what if the duet suits each other and it will be necessary to move around the world and further? The states have not closed entry for Russians, but British courts are unlikely to be so hospitable even after the tournaments have ended – Emma is at home very often. Will there be any PR risks? Yes, Lacoste is still friendly with Daniil Medvedev, Nike does not terminate the contract with Andrei Rublev, but it seems that pressure from local media and a possible hatred cannot be avoided. You may also have to take advice from Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston – he also lobbied for the ban of Russians at Wimbledon.
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“Emma Raducanu risks causing controversy for collaborating with Russian coach ahead of US Open title defense,” The Telegraph wrote. In addition, the material notes that such a move by Radukan could “undermine US government sanctions” against the Russian Federation.
It is not clear whether the fears of the Russian will come true and how long they will be together, but working with Dmitry is a new career step for the British. After all, she has not had a full-time coach since she finished working with the German Torben Balz at the end of April, who, ironically, moved to Kontaveit. She was also coached by Canadian Louis Cayer, head of the women’s division of the British Lawn Tennis Association, Ian Bates, and during Wimbledon, former LTA coach Jane O’Donoghue. To show a stable result after winning the USO, Emma was hampered by regular injuries, as a result, the loss of form, in addition, she focused on school and final exams.
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It seems that the couple will find a common language. It should be easy for the outgoing Emma to make friends with the well-known merry fellow of the tour: Tursunov maintained a popular blog called “Tursunov’s Stories”, where he spoke in detail about life on the court and what he did.
For example, how he hid the bag with Roger Federer’s racket before the match. “Sometimes I like to act like an idiot, but I really know what I’m talking about and I’m passionate about it.”
Experts believe that Tursunov is the one who can unleash the undoubted potential of No. 1 in Britain and help to gain a foothold in the top ten, and perhaps aim at the incredible – to repeat the success of the US Open-2021 and keep two thousand points.
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