Former Russian tennis player and coach Dimitry Tursunov has revealed why he parted ways with Emma Raducanu. Tursunov stated that he was not happy with the contract negotiations, which led to him ending their professional relationship.
Raducanu became the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam singles title at the 2021 US Open. She won the grand Slam title by defeating Canadian tennis player Leylah Fernandez. Tursunov was appointed on a trial basis as Raducanu's coach ahead of the 2022 US Open for her title-defending campaign.
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In a recent conversation with Craig Shapiro, the 40-year-old confessed that he was the one who brought the coaching negotiations to a close. He said that the negotiations dragged on for much too long and that his demands were ignored.
"I stopped the negotiations. I felt like the negotiations went too long," Tursunov revealed on a recent episode of 'The Craig Shapiro Tennis Podcast. "Too far that wasn’t a solid commitment, not on the terms that I liked. We started to negotiate over things that were so trivial and insignificant in my mind that it wouldn’t have worked. I didn’t feel secure enough."
Tursunov was dissatisfied with the conversation, believing that minor details of the coaching contract were taking precedence.
"I didn’t feel like it’s a serious set up I didn’t feel like it’s gonna be a long-term relationship," Tursunov revealed. "I felt like it at any point it can break over something insignificant and I could have been wrong maybe I had PTSD, you know, from previous relationships."
The 20-year-old Brit has a history of changing coaches on multiple occasions in her brief career. Former coaches who have left her include Andrew Richardson, Jeremy Bates, Nigel Sears, and Torben Beltz.