On-court Coaching Will Continue In Grand Slams, Says Serena’s Coach


Patrick Mouratoglou, Serena Williams’ coach, has said he expects on-court coaching to continue in tennis Grand Slam tournaments.

Mouratoglou was accused of making gesticulations to Serena during last year’s US Open final, which led to her being penalized by chair umpire, Carlos Ramos, and ultimately her controversial loss to Naomi Osaka.

It is against the rules for coaches to provide any kind of coaching assistance to their players while on court at any of the four Grand Slam events.

However, the Frenchman believes organizers will struggle to enforce the rule.

“As you know, 99 percent of the matches it’s tolerated,’ Mouratoglou said on Thursday.

“It’s something that people don’t even think about it, just do it every match. And it doesn’t make any problem.

“If it becomes really, really obvious, (umpires) will call the player or tell her: “The coach is really coaching too much, can you ask him to slow down otherwise I will have to give you a warning.” Everybody’s careful and it’s fine.

“So I don’t see any stress from players or coaches with coaching during the matches, to be honest”.

 The coach said he hopes to see the rule being abolished, saying it would be a gradual adjustment.

“It’s very difficult for the tennis reigning bodies to make change because this sport is very conservative so it will have to go step by step.

“But I see progress. I feel that a lot of people would like on-court coaching, most of the players would like it also, because they like to exchange with their coach and they feel it would add (something) during the match,” he added.



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