Less than 12 months ago at the US Open all hell kicked off in the women’s final at the US Open between Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka.
Serena was given a code violation for coaching from umpire Carlos Ramos which badly upset her. Bare in mind for a moment on-court coaching is available on the WTA tour and has never used this. Her coach Patrick Mouratoglou minutes after the defeats gave an interview to TennisChannel from the stands and said he was coaching. Serena was stunned by this and she never instigated the coaching from the stands but paid the price.
There will be no repeat in New York in 2019.
At the Grand Slam meeting in Paris not long ago the US Open have put forward plans to trail a ‘coaching from the stands’ initiative.
How will it go down?
There has been some backlash already. Many believe it is a wrong move for the sport.
I’m against on-court coaching. I don’t like it, I would prefer that players figure it out for themselves. Sometimes on-court coaching just turns into a bit of an argument. It was brought in to give an insight into the thoughts and ideas to put across but many TV broadcasters go on a break, coaches don’t wear their microphones or they don’t speak in English.
It isn’t 100% known how this will work yet but the believed idea is…
Coaching can take place after every point on serve if a player would like to talk to their box. A coach is not expected to come from the stands to court side at the change of ends but is set to be a more accessible option from the stands.
There are still many questions to be answered. One of them will be how does this impact on the use of the shot clock as well? We will have to wait to find out more but this will also be the first time on-court coaching is available for men as well.