Emma Raducanu’s former coach Dmitry Tursunov says he left because of ‘red flags’ around his wife.
Tursunov, who had been Emma’s coach since 2016, has insisted he does not hold a grudge against the Romanian tennis athlete and she does not have any ill feelings towards him.
However, Raducanu has previously accused him of having an affair with Emma’s mother and his relationship with a different woman’s family.
Raducanu was forced from the Romanian tennis team in 2018 after she failed a drug test. The 23-year-old had claimed that she had ingested up to 20 times the allowed level of amphetamines.
The Romanian tennis star had faced a string of problems with Tursunov since she joined Romania’s national team. In 2018, she was ruled out of the world championships after failing a dope test. Raducanu claimed she had been misinformed and only took the drug to improve her tennis.
Dmitry Tursunov insists he did not hold a grudge against Raducanu, despite her allegations
This year, she became the first Romanian women’s player to qualify for a Grand Slam tournament when she reached the third round of the French Open. She had won the Hungarian Open earlier that year.
Tursunov, in turn, accused Raducanu of cheating, tweeting: ‘We can’t afford to have these kind of players on our team. I am sorry to all those who supported me and believed in me, I don’t have a choice.
‘I have had a good run with Raducanu for the last 7+ years now. I am really sorry to all of her friends and family. She must have done something really bad. It’s a very serious situation.
‘When I first saw her when she was playing in Hungary, I thought that maybe she is from Romania or something like that. Then she won the Hungarian open and I was convinced for a long time that she was from Romania.
Raducanu, right, during her career in Hungary where she won the Hungarian Open
Raducanu had been on Romanian tennis’s roster since 2016 and last year was named captain of the team
The 22-year-old was forced from the