WTA to allow coaxhing

fedfan08

Professional
And surprise surprise the ESPN commentators are all for this. Brad Gilbert says it needs to happen at the slams. F that. And one of the worst arguments for it is that it’s good for TV. Please. That is the worst reason to do something. Or making it legal just because coaches are doing it anyway. That’s like saying let’s get rid of speed limits because we know people speed. The best thing about tennis is once you get on the court it’s up to you to figure things out. Not your coach. Not your box. Just you. Boo to the WTA for doing this.
 

time_fly

Hall of Fame
I think it’s so interesting that this is starting in the WTA and not being pushed up from the bottom. Coaching is banned from lower level play but the pros get it? But not men; only professional women need coaching? I think it creates a bad impression, or adds to one that the WTA is the league of spoiled teen girls.
 

Booger

Hall of Fame
Seriously harms up and coming players who can’t yet afford a coach, plus it takes away from the lone gladiator mentality that makes tennis great.
Level the playing field. All coaches to be randomly chosen from among spectators in attendance. It'd be like high school tennis where the coach is just some history teacher on babysitting duty.

"Uhhhh, try not to miss so much?"
 

jm1980

G.O.A.T.

Not a fan. I know there’s the argument that it happens already but this is crap. Seriously harms up and coming players who can’t yet afford a coach, plus it takes away from the lone gladiator mentality that makes tennis great.
It already happens anyway and it's rarely enforced, so it kind of makes sense for them to legalize it
 

mahesh69a

Semi-Pro
Where are the keyboard rage warriors, professional victims who are perennially offended by the inequalities created due to the patriarchy?
As some legend said ' Is that like a personal attack or something?'
 
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Deleted member 735320

Guest
Tennis is supposed to be an individual effort on the singles court at least. If coaches are cheating anyway how about no coaches allowed in the arena. If one can behave oneself one is not allowed in at all. Any coaching during a match is cheating.
 

AM75

Hall of Fame
Oh Serena revolutionised the sport indeed! Not only with her power mindless ball bashing that a lot of aspiring players try to mimic, but also with new rules.

It's funny how in the age of feminism the WTA wants to admit that women are weak creatures who need help to be able to make their own decisions on court. The coaching during breaks was bad already, and misogynist way some of the coaches treat their players is hair-raising. But it obviously is not enough for the WTA. Bravo! Billie Jean & Co should be really proud.
 
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Cobaine

Semi-Pro
I guess Djokovic said on ESPN radio he’d support the same on the ATP, but I don’t have a link.

I bet Fed retires instantly if this happens. He’s super opposed to it.
 

zipplock

Hall of Fame
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Not a fan. I know there’s the argument that it happens already but this is crap. Seriously harms up and coming players who can’t yet afford a coach, plus it takes away from the lone gladiator mentality that makes tennis great.
It's training wheels. If you need mid-match coaching it means you can't problem solve. What happens when opposing coaches start "sign stealing" the opponent? This could get ugly quick.
 

time_fly

Hall of Fame
What happens when opposing coaches start "sign stealing" the opponent? This could get ugly quick.
Luckily the doubles matches aren't worth beans so we don't need to keep an ear out for trash cans after the net guy throws down the signs. I'm not sure if there would be any coaching signs worth stealing in singles.
 

RaulRamirez

Legend
I respect that there are a lot of traditionalists here, as I am in some aspects, but I just don't foresee the harm in experimenting with this - and for the ATP as well.

After some experimentation, hopefully they can keep what works and scrap what doesn't -- and if it becomes a sh$tshow, they can scrap it altogether.
 

zipplock

Hall of Fame
I respect that there are a lot of traditionalists here, as I am in some aspects, but I just don't foresee the harm in experimenting with this - and for the ATP as well.

After some experimentation, hopefully they can keep what works and scrap what doesn't -- and if it becomes a sh$tshow, they can scrap it altogether.
Once something is given it becomes very difficult to remove. Experiments should be done on a lower tour, work kinks out then implement. This is basic RD concept. You beta test/pilot on small scale before introducing universally. You don't run an experiment in real time with your main product.
 

Cobaine

Semi-Pro
I tried to type “coaching” but somehow it didn’t happen. I’m not sure how autocorrect let that through
 
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