Player’s Perspective – Dmitry Tursunov

Sep 4, 2017
Dmitry Tursunov – ATP Player with a career-high ranking of World No. 20 (October 2006)

Best career decision?

DMITRY TURSUNOV: I believe that when I chose, albeit late in my career, to go see Jan de Witt (Breakpoint Academy Halle, Germany) that was a great decision. Unfortunately, he was very busy coaching Jarkko (Nieminen) and Gilles (Simon) so he could not really commit to me. He did travel to a couple of tournaments with me and I got a lot of out of it. Jan spoke to me in an unique way. He had the ability to communicate exactly what I needed to hear, and nothing that I did not need to hear. It was a great decision, just that I wish that I could have had more time with him.

Any regrets?

DT: It is really hard looking back to see if I would have done this or that differently, how would the outcome have been. Who can say for sure? But, I wish that I would have taken more risks. Maybe shot selection on big points or off-court choices with career decisions. And also I could have trusted people more. All my life, I have really struggled to put my faith in many people. Looking back now clearly without emotion, I can see that probably those two areas would have made a bigger difference.

If you were coaching a junior player transitioning to Futures, what would be your order of priority? What would you focus on first? DT: Obviously, they have to be constantly working on their physical conditioning and technical aspects of their game. That is just a given. But, I would probably start with a more emotional strategy. Stay humble about yourself and your perception of other players. Recognize that your opponent might not look great or have a sleeve full of sponsor patches, but he can play the game too. Your strokes might look better to you, but I found that…
To read the full article
More articles

Book Review: Elements of Coaching Professional Tennis

In ELEMENTS OF COACHING PROFESSIONAL TENNIS, Robert Davis offers substantial proof that the difference between winning and losing a tennis match can be directly related to the quality of the coach.

Robert Davis / EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

How an Island Outcast Became
a Tennis Champion

Jean Philippe Fleurian’s success can be broken down to three reasons. Geography, methodology, and tennis parent wisdom.


Q&A with Frederick Fontang

As a player, Fontang reached a career high of no. 59. As an ATP Tour coach, he has trained Vasek Pospisil, Jeremy Chardy and, currently, Felix Auger-Aliassime. Additionally, worked with Tennis Canada as Captain of the Canadian Davis Cup Team.