Novak Djokovic and his coach Goran Ivanisevic during practice last April.  Photo: AP / Darko Vojinovic.

It can represent a historical change in tennis. It is that the ATP communicated this Tuesday that the off-piste coaching will enter a trial period from July 11. Basically, it will be allowed communication between players and their coacheswhich will have specific seats in the stands.

The coaching is an interactive training and learning methodology that is developed between a coach (tutor, instructor) and a coachee (apprentice). Has as purpose awaken the talent and resources of the athlete to maximize your sports and personal performance, eliminating internal obstacles.

This change can be seen during the qualifying and final draw matches of the ATP Tour. In addition, the US Open – one of the four Grand Slams – will put this innovation to the test.

What is the OBJETIVE?

The aim sought is to provide a greater benefit to both players and spectators and try to provide a better show. “This testing phase will also try to increase the moments of intrigue and closeness to improve the experience of the spectators”exposes the ATP statement.

After the trial period, the pertinent evaluations will be made to define the virtues and defects of the change. Based on that, the decision will be made on whether to give it continuity from 2023 or not.

This initiative has been wanting to be implemented for some time. Since 2020, the WTA has carried out coaching from the stands. “This announcement provides unity for the second half of the season between the ATP Tour, the US Open and the Hologic WTA Tour,” the ATP explained.

Novak Djokovic and his coach Goran Ivanisevic during practice last April. Photo: AP / Darko Vojinovic.

The rules for off-piste coaching.

  • Coaches must be seated in seats designated by the tournament.

  • Coaching (verbal and non-verbal) is only allowed if it does not interrupt the game or create an inconvenience during the point to the opponent.

  • Verbal coaching is allowed only when the player is on the same side of the court.

  • Non-verbal coaching (hand signals) is allowed at any time.

  • Verbal coaching can consist of a few words and/or short phrases (conversations are not allowed).

  • Coaches must not speak to their players when they leave the field for any reason.

  • Sanctions and fines will be applied for the abuse or misuse of the previous conditions.

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