The ATP’s decision to allow out-of-court coaching during matches has led to this Pam Shriver and Jim Courier for opposite ends, with the Doubles legend believing it was a decision long overdue, while Courier disapproved of the decision. ATP announced the decision on June 21, 2022, with the rule set to take effect after the conclusion of the Wimbledon Championships 2022 and the rule will be tried out for the entire season, inclusive 2022 US Open and the ATP Finals 2022.
The decision is made mixed reviews because many believe that tennis as an individual sport is characterized by players finding their way out of difficult situations without the help of their coaches. On the other hand, opinions have emerged that, despite the current rule that does not allow off-field coaching, players and coaches are still finding a way and often escapes punishment So to maintain consistency, why not allow it.
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“I consider myself progressive, but do not support this initiative”: Jim Courier to Pam Shriver
While the WTA Tour has allowed out-of-court coaching at events other than the Grand Slams, the ATP Tour has not previously allowed it. But as they now want to test it for the rest of the season, it has split the tennis community into different camps.
“It’s time for that. Given how difficult it is for them to enforce the no-coaching rule, why not? Renting a coach used to be prohibitive. But now pretty much everyone has one.” said Shriver He spoke on Tennis Channel but Courier disagreed and had a good opinion of himself.
“I consider myself progressive, but I do not support this initiative. How many tennis fans have been saying for years how much more they enjoy WTA Tour matches than the slams where coaching isn’t allowed? It’s not essential to the game and one of the things that characterizes tennis…[you] find out for yourself” said the four-time Grand Slam champion courier.
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