LONDON | After the Wimbledon tournament, coaches will be able to advise their players during matches. Not everyone likes this new ATP directive, which will be on trial until the end of the 2022 season.
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Among the unhappy is Canadian Denis Shapovalov. He thinks we are distorting the sport. Nothing less.
“I am against this new rule, Ontario said on this matter. Traditionally, tennis is the only sport where coaches could not advise their athletes during a match.
“This is what sets us apart from other sports. It is so special to see two players compete against each other. All the preparatory work was done before the game. It’s up to you to make the strategic decisions.
“The tradition changes and I want to keep it. This is what makes tennis special. “
Find the solutions yourself
For his part, Félix Auger-Aliassime sees it as positive.
“For a manager, talking to his player when he is on his side, I find it beautiful,” indicated the Quebecer. However, if the manager had been able to take the field at the change of pitch, I would have found it less well.
“It would have taken a little bit of tennis spirit. It is an individual sport. You have to find the solutions yourself. “
signs and keywords
Several coaches and players had been around the rules for years. All means were good to have an advantage over the opponents and win games.
The coaches used signals and keywords in their encouragement to convey their messages to their proteges.
“With Fred [Fontang], sometimes we make little signs, said Auger-Aliassime. We tell ourselves the keywords that can help us.
“These are reminders of what we talked to each other during training. Things not to forget or to try. How to hit each other right or back. It can also be changing my location in exchange for service. It was bad enough.
“The only thing that will change is that it will no longer be hidden. It’s good that they make it official. He removes this gray area where referees could give warnings. “
It will be interesting to see how coaches and players adapt to this new reality in the coming weeks, especially the US Open. Could the matches be even longer?
“I can’t wait to see how it goes,” added Shapovalov. Many players sign or use coded language with their coaches.
“It happens often and will continue to happen here. It is unsportsmanlike. I am happy when those who cross the line are called to order by the officials. It is a question of respect between the players. “
To each his own advice
Will this rule change have an impact on Auger-Aliassime match preparation? For nothing.
“My coach will be less embarrassed. On the other hand, sometimes we don’t talk much during training. He lets me go, he makes me try things, said the Quebecer.
“Try for me to develop this autonomy so that I can find solutions by myself during matches. Nothing will change in my routine. “
During matches, the player will not have a designated person to talk to.
“Bernardo too [Duchesneau, son agent] he can give me advice during matches, ”said Auger-Aliassime jokingly.
The two Canadians will be in action at Wimbledon on Tuesday morning, Quebec time.
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