Emma Raducanu’s ex-coach says she left because of ‘red flags’



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Dmitry Tursunov says he decided to stop training Emma Raducanu at the end of his trial period with the tennis star because of “red flags” he couldn’t ignore.

The Russian had been working with the 19-year-old after parting ways with full-time coach Torben Beltz in April, but has since said the pair could not agree.

Tursunov now works with Olympic champion Belinda Bencic, but says that wasn’t the reason she left Raducanu.

“I was walking away from Emma regardless of whether there was another one [player] available or not,” he told tennismajors.com, in an interview published Wednesday.

“We didn’t agree on the terms and there were some red flags that couldn’t be ignored. That’s why it’s a little frustrating to read things like that.

“I wasn’t going from one player to another, I wouldn’t.”

Raducanu burst onto the scene in 2021, reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon before winning the US Open.

The then 18-year-old became the first seed in either men’s or women’s tennis to reach a Grand Slam final, let alone win one.

Injuries, poor form and changes in his coaching staff have contributed to disappointing results since then and the teenager is now ranked 76th in the world.

Earlier this month, he withdrew from the Transylvania Open due to a wrist injury.

Despite struggling to establish herself on the WTA Tour, Tursunov was full of praise for her former player.

“First of all, she’s absolutely brilliant, she’s a hard worker and she doesn’t think or act like she’s a superstar,” he added.

“She’s hungry to improve and she’s obsessed with tennis. I think that’s a pretty rare combination. So I loved working with her and I really wanted it to work. It was a very difficult decision for me to walk away from a player which I like and respect.

“It’s at least a one-year project in my opinion, but I’d say it’s probably a two-and-a-half year project to be safe.

“Of course, it’s hard to say and it’s hard for people to understand how it’s possible because she already won the US Open. But in my opinion, her game is very raw, and I think in many ways could use a lot of improvement.”

CNN has reached out to Raducanu’s team for comment, but has not heard back.

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