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After Wimbledon, the ATP will allow coaching until the end of the season

It is definitely time for reform on the circuit. Just days after announcing the extension of the duration of the main Masters 1000 from next season, the ATP made a new decision on Tuesday. From July 11, the day after Wimbledon (June 27-July 10), grandstand coaching will be authorized in tournaments until the end of the season. Coaches will not be able to enter the court but will discuss with their player in the middle of the match from places that will be specifically reserved for them. The experience will also be tested at the US Open.
As some have been calling for for a long time – including Patrick Mouratoglou in particular -, coaches will now be able to communicate their instructions by gesture and speech without their player risking being penalized by a “warning”. In recent years, the debate on the subject has regularly returned to the table, especially in the wake of the incident that pitted Serena Williams against Carlos Ramos in the final of the 2018 US Open. in-depth in an article, exposing our doubts as to the effect of such authorization on the very nature of tennis.

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This coaching will nevertheless be supervised and permitted under conditions:

  • He must not interrupt the game or hinder the opponent
  • Verbal coaching will only be permitted when player and coach are on the same side of the court
  • Gesture coaching will be allowed all the time
  • Verbal coaching will only be tolerated if it involves short sentences and not conversations
  • Coaches will not be able to talk to their player if he leaves the court
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Warnings and fines for “coaching” can therefore always be imposed if the above rules are not respected. Finally, this measure has test value: if the experiment proves conclusive, it will be repeated in the next seasons, but it will not be automatically.

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