Barry Cowan thinks Emma Raducanu looks «much happier on court» since joining Russian coach Dmitry Tursunov. Tursunov, who previously led Aryna Sabalenka and Anett Kontaveit into the top 10, partnered Raducanu for two tournaments this summer.
In his first tournament, Raducanu reached the Washington quarterfinals. Raducanu then defeated Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka before losing to Jessica Pegula in Cincinnati’s last 16. After the US Open, Raducanu is likely to make the final decision on whether or not to hire Tursunov full-time.
«If her role is also there to make Emma Raducanu feel relaxed, then that’s half the battle,» Cowan told Sky Sports. “If you’re a happy player off the court, chances are you’ll be a happy player on the court.
So at the moment it seems to fit in quite well, obviously later on we’ll see how long that relationship lasts, but I think at the moment it seems like a pretty positive impact that it’s had because Raducanu looks much happier on the pitch.»
Cowan thinks Tursunov is a good fit for Raducanu
Last summer, Tursunov began working with Kontaveit. Shortly after signing Tursunov, Kontaveit won four titles, broke into the top 10 and made her debut at the WTA Finals. Tursunov has quickly established himself as one of the best players on the WTA Tour and his track record speaks for itself.
“I met Dmitry as a person, I met Dmitry as a player. Anyone who saw him as a player, he was an absolutely free spirit,” added Cowan. «And he obviously has a very good track record with some of the players he’s worked with, Sabalenka and Kontaveit.»
Raducanu signed Torben Beltz ahead of the 2022 season, but the two parted ways in April. There were rumors that Raducanu was aiming to sign Riccardo Piatti before the French Open, but nothing happened. Whether Tursunov will become Raducanu’s new full-time coach remains to be seen.