ATP to test off-court coaching from July

ATP to test off-court coaching from July. The trial will also take place at the US Open

ATP to test off-court coaching, starting July. (In Pic: Andy Murray and coach Ivan Lendl)

The ATP announced that they will test off-court coaching starting July 11, 2022.

The trial will permit coaching from designated coach seats during qualifying and main draw matches at ATP Tour events.

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The trial will also take place at the US Open and will run through to the season-ending ATP Finals in Turin in November.

Over the years, one of the key arguments against coaching during the match has been that tennis is a one-on-one sport. And players have to find solutions to problems by themselves, in that moment.

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Former World No 1 Andy Roddick also believes that the rule gives an unfair advantage to players who don’t travel with coaches.

“This is the most logical point against on court coaching,” he tweeted.

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“I’ll also add that some players share coaches so brings in tough scheduling conflicts as well.”

In their statement, the ATP said that, “The latest announcement brings alignment for the second half of the season across the ATP Tour, US Open and WTA Tour, where an off-court coaching trial is already in place.”

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Coaching during matches is already allowed on the WTA tour.