ATP To Allow On-Court Coaching, Kyrgios Doesn’t Agree

by Staff | June 23rd, 2022, 12:41 am

The ATP has giving up trying to police on-court coaching. With players getting verbal and hand singles constantly from the coaching box, the ATP will make it legal to do so on a trial basis during the second half of 2022 and at the US Open.

There will still be some restrictions, but for the most part it’s open season for coaches to help their players during a match:

* Coaches must sit in the tournament’s designated coach seats
* Coaching (verbal and non-verbal) is allowed only if it does not interrupt play or create any hindrance to the opponent
* Verbal coaching is permitted only when the player is at the same end of the court
* Non-verbal coaching (hand signals) is permitted at any time
* Verbal coaching may consist of a few words and/or short phrases (no conversations are permitted)
* Coaches may not speak to their player when the player leaves the court for any reason
* Penalties and fines will still apply for abuse or misuse of the above coaching conditions

The decision was met with some criticism, notable Andy Roddick and Nick Kyrgios.

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2 Comments for ATP To Allow On-Court Coaching, Kyrgios Doesn’t Agree

skeezer Says:

Well it just goes to show where the sport is going. One of the things that made tennis great was there was no coaching. You were own your own to figure things out. Ma·no a ma·no.
What’s next, hand holding?
Just glad Fed won at times without coaching, 3 Slams in fact, proving you don’t need a crutch to win.

autoFilter Says:

This is disappointing. There goes one of my favorite aspects of the sport.

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