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Bunch of rain delays today at Roland Garros. During such extended delays, when the players retire to the locker rooms, can they obtain advice from their coaches?
Noticed during the broadcast of the Rome tournament that one player (forgot who) took a bathroom break, and was escorted by a tournament official to make sure he didn't receive coaching. Same rules during rain delays?
05-31-2006, 02:28 PM
Yes, I believe so. I remember watching Montreal final on ESPN2 and Pmac was talking about what a good job Darren Cahil(Agassi's coach) did changing the game plan after the rain delay when Andre took the 2nd set after loosing the 1st set before the rain delay.
05-31-2006, 02:49 PM
Yes, they are able to get coaching during rain delays. They are not allowed to have contact with coaches during injury timeouts or bathroom breaks
05-31-2006, 06:01 PM
Absolutly. If it looks like it will start raining you'll see the player who is getting rolled over, and can't find an answer slowing his pace down and looking pointedly at the umpire, trying to the them to stop play and cover the court so they can get back and get some quick advice, while the player who is doing the rolling over will want to get done then and there.
But who needs rain delays when you can have hand signals and ways of passing advice to the players during matches, even between points?
05-31-2006, 06:04 PM
06-01-2006, 03:39 AM
There have been some big turnarounds prompted by coaching enabled by rain delays, no? Didn't Courier's coach tell him to stand further back against Agassi in the French Open finals, the catalyst for Jim turning the match around and taking the title? I'm sure there are more.
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