Dmitry Tursunov explains how coaches get paid on Tour

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Dmitry Tursunov explains how coaches get paid on Tour

Former Russian tennis player Dmitry Tursunov gave a glimpse of how coaches get paid on the Tour. Tursunov, a former world No. 20, has been coaching Anett Kontaveit since August. Tursunov quickly became one of the most popular coaches on the WTA Tour as Kontaveit had an outstanding end to the season.

"I cannot disclose this information. There are different salaries on the tour. I think that if a coach gets $1000 per week, this is not a serious amount. But some players pay absolutely exorbitant amounts - $7000-8000 each.

For example, [Ivan] Lendl, I'm sure, takes more, he can afford it. In general, the salary for a tennis coach is a nominal category. Much more interesting are the bonuses that you get if the player performs well. Here, the earnings are again different - sometimes up to 30% of the prize money.

There are coaches who travel without wages at all, but demand a significant percentage of the prize money," Tursunov explained to Vedomosti Sport.

Kontaveit doing a great job with Kontaveit.

Kontaveit was struggling with her form when she decided to hire Tursunov.

After hiring Tursunov, Kontaveit made five finals and broke into the top-10 for the first time in her career. Also, Kontaveit debuted at the WTA Finals. Kontaveit fell just short of winning the WTA Finals in her debut as she lost to Garbine Muguruza in the final.

"I'd like to think this is a big part of why I'm here, but it's not up to me to decide," Tursunov said in October. "I feel like I'm doing a good job. I used to be afraid of saying that. I act like an idiot and sometimes I enjoy acting like an idiot, but I really know what I'm talking about and I'm passionate about it. "I feel like there's a lot of players who could improve and they're not improving."