Bencic about their Russian coach
“Nowadays it’s hard for everyone how to behave”
Belinda Bencic has had a good year, but she expected more from herself. Next season he will have a new trainer in the box with Dimitri Tursunov. It doesn’t matter that he is Russian.
Belinda Bencic will end the year ranked 13th in the world.
At the Billie Jean King Cup, Belinda Bencic is aiming for a successful end to the tennis season with Switzerland. The Eastern Swiss personally had a decent season and will end the year ranked 13th in the world. Average performance at grand slams gives her motivation for the upcoming season – with a new coach.
Dimitri Tursunov (39) will accompany and train the Olympic winner in the future. About a month ago, she announced her collaboration with Anett Kontaveit and Emma Raducanu’s former coach. This caused a frown at first. Because when Raducanu announced her cooperation with the Russian in the summer, there was a lot of resistance from home.
Something Bencic didn’t have to deal with, as she told Keystone-SDA: “Obviously it’s very political at this point, but it’s not all his fault. With everyone – Ukrainians or Russians – it is difficult at this moment how to behave. I didn’t even talk to him about it. He has lived in the USA since he was 12 years old.” Tursunov is currently the best coach for them. Nationality does not matter.
“It’s not about politics at this point”
At Roland Garros, Bencicová played doubles with the Ukrainian Angelina Kalinin, and in the spring she was on the court with a blue and yellow ribbon. From her second home, Slovakia, which is adjacent to Ukraine, she has a lot of support from close experienced . “Slovaks took everyone unlimited and helped them find accommodation. I think it’s really nice how people help each other in times like this. It’s not about politics at this point, it’s about the person who’s there right now.”
At this point, Bencic draws a comparison with Switzerland, which supported his grandparents and father after they fled. «They told me how much the neighbors helped them, for example with winter clothes. In fact, people are good to each other.”
A successful start with Switzerland
However, in the Billie Jean King Cup, the Swiss women will not meet the defending champions from Russia, who are excluded from the competition. Bencic and Co. they started well. After Jil Teichmann’s thriller victory over Elisabetta Cocciaretto (6-3, 4-6, 7-6), the Olympic champion defeated Jasmine Paolini 7-5, 6-3 to secure Switzerland’s first victory. On Friday, strong Canadian women around Leylah Fernandez (WTA 40) and Bianca Andreescu (WTA 45) await us.