During the US Open, the TV camera has “caught” several coaches coaching their players from the stands. Should this practice be stopped or accepted?
Women Get Coached
The WTA has for several years allowed their female players to call for their coaches to come out on change overs to give them guidance during a critical time. And that hasn’t seemed to ruin the sport in any way.
One on One Sport
The argument against is usually that tennis is a sport of one player vs. another and “they should be able to work out their problems by themselves.” But is there any other sport that has such a restriction?
- Pro football players get instructions from the sidelines during play
- Baseball coaches are famous for their intricate signaling to batters
- Basketball coaches yell instructions to their on-court players
- Even one-on-one boxers hear their corner men calling to them
- And in golf, the ultimate one-player sport, the caddie is constantly coaching his charge
At John Newcombe’s Fantasy Camp, the Legend coaches ALWAYS come out onto the court during matches to impart their words of wisdom.
So why shouldn’t tennis players (even us amateur senior players) be able to get suggestions from people on the sidelines?
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