The 19-year-old had a huge hit last year when she won the US Open in her second-ever Grand Slam tournament.
But the time following the shock wasn’t an easy victory for the Briton, who has struggled with form and injuries this season.
Now she is taking action, and recently began to cooperate with the Russian coach Dmitry Tursunov.
Cooperation with the Russians creates reactions, and British politician Chris Bryant believes that Raducano will be used as propaganda for Vladimir Putin. He asks her not to be trained by the Russians.
The Kremlin will describe this as a PR coup and portray it as Britain that doesn’t care about war, so it’s a shame to end it here, says Bryant telegraph.
Tursunov is himself a former tennis player who ended his active career in 2017.
According to The Telegraph, the Russian coach avoided signing a statement condemning the war in Ukraine when he split from world number two Annette Kontaveit ahead of this year’s Wimbledon.
Ask her to reconsider
The newspaper wrote that all the Russian and Belarusian coaches who were going to take part in the tournament had to sign the declaration.
I ask her to reconsider and at least condemn Putin’s barbaric war, says Bryant.
Raducanu has not had a full-time coach since April when she ended her collaboration with German coach Torben Beltz. Shortly after winning the US Open last year, she also changed her coach.
The 19-year-old failed to live up to expectations after last year’s US Open. She reached the second round at Wimbledon, Australian Open and Roland Garros this year. The US Open begins on August 29.
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