February 25, 2024

Open Court

MORE TENNIS THAN YOU'LL EVER NEED

WTA on-court coaching now a free-for-all

“If you can’t beat ’em, let ’em join,” seems to have been the thought behind the WTA’s decision on in-match coaching.

Put another way: everyone’s speeding anyway. So might as well raise the speed limit.

So in two weeks, a season-long “trial” for de facto unlimited coaching begins.

It took a little more than a year after the US Open incident involving Serena Williams’ coach, Patrick Mouratoglou (he’s for it)

“The new trial will allow coaches to coach their player in the form they are currently coaching from the box without getting penalized,” the WTA told ESPN.com.

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