Coach Dmitry Tursunov described Emma Raducanu as a hard-working individual and said "there was no aura of a diva or superstar" about the 20-year-old Briton. Raducanu has been in the spotlight ever since she stunningly won the 2021 US Open as a qualifier.
But working with Raducanu, Tursunov felt she was well-mannered, professional, and willing to listen and work hard. "Honestly, I did not see or feel that there were a lot of outside things going on. From the time that we started, Emma just really had her nose to the ground.
She was very hard working and I did not see her skip a lot of things. There was no aura of diva or superstar about her and I think she has been managing that part very well. I was super impressed with her and couldn’t be happier with the way she is as a professional athlete," Tursunov told Sportskeeda.
Tursunov on Raducanu not defending her US Open title
Going into the 2022 US Open, many felt that Raducanu had very slim chances of defending her title. In the end, Raducanu's US Open title defence was short-lived as the Briton suffered a first-round defeat to Alize Cornet.
"Honestly, the expectations of her repeating it were extremely unrealistic and anyone who understands anything about tennis would agree to that. It's not because she doesn't have the abilities. She has the ability but the game just needs to be improved to have that consistency to play at the high level," Tursunov explained.
Tursunov, who started working with Raducanu shortly after Wimbledon, ended his partnership with the Briton and now he is working with Belinda Bencic. Even though Tursunov and Raducanu are no longer working together, the Russian coach only has positive words about the 20-year-old.
"From my perspective, there's only positive things that I can say about her, just the way she handled it, how professional she is for her age. I wish I was like that when I played," Tursunov concluded.