Belarus' Aryna Sabalenka speaks about her coaching relationship with her current coach Dmitry Tursunov, a former player himself on the ATP Tour. According to GoTennis, Sabalenka says, "What could cause a quarrel in training? Well, for example, he told me to do something, but I resisted, did not trust him.
And he, as a coach, first pressed me, and then said: you don’t work, don’t run for with a ball, you stop early, you are irresponsible. It is clear: to grow, you need to work more and more. And; no one will ever say that Arina is lazy and does not work.
Therefore, when I heard this from a person I trust, I immediately wedged, and conflicts arose on this basis: I’ll flare up, rude, roll my eyes, I will say something offensive There was already too much. It became impossible to work, and I myself said that we were finishing.
And then she herself could not sleep, because she was worried, knowing that he was the coach that I needed, and I did not want any other. One of these conflicts was just in Rome. But now I think that we had to go through all this in order to better understand each other and adjust."
21-year-old Sabalenka is currently ranked No. 11 in the world and won 3 singles titles this year - Shenzhen, Wuhan, Zhuhai - two of them coming at the end of the season when she was working with the Russian Tursunov.