Main tennis coach Patrick Mouratoglou has admitted teaching from the stands has been occurring “for many years” because the ATP strikes in the direction of legalising the apply.
Males’s tennis will trial ‘off-court’ teaching by means of the second half of the season, with teaching permitted from designated seats from July.
It means teaching will likely be permitted on the last grand slam of the yr, the US Open in August.
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The ATP has introduced verbal teaching will solely be permitted when the participant is on the identical finish of the court docket, whereas hand alerts will likely be allowed at any time.
Mouratoglou was on the centre of the explosive 2018 US Open ladies’s last between his former pupil Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka, when Williams acquired a code violation from umpire Carlos Ramos for teaching.
Williams referred to as Ramos “a liar” and “a thief” and stated, “I do not cheat … You owe me an apology.”
Responding to the ATP’s transfer to permit teaching, Mouratoglou conceded it had been occurring regardless.
“Congratulations to the ATP for “legalising” a apply that has been occurring at nearly each match for many years. No extra hypocrisy,” he wrote on Twitter.
That drew a stinging rebuke from Australian tennis legend and Extensive World of Sports activities commentator Todd Woodbridge.
“That is so disappointing to see that such a excessive profile coach blatantly admits that he has damaged the foundations of our sport for thus lengthy,” Woodbridge wrote.
Australian star Nick Kyrgios additionally weighed in, explaining that he was towards the change.
“Fully disagree. Loses one of many solely distinctive traits that no different sport had,” he wrote.
“The participant had to determine issues on his personal. That was the fantastic thing about it. What occurs if a excessive profile participant versus a low ranked participant who does not have or afford a coach?”
New York Occasions tennis author Christopher Clarey additionally lamented the change.
“Unhappy day for tennis in my opinion,” he wrote.
“That the US Open is a part of it makes it even sadder. Tennis doesn’t want in-match teaching. It simply thinks it does.”
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