Re: Isn't on-court coaching agaisnt the rules?
It's against the rules in the ATP, and at the slams. The WTA has some kind of experimant with it. Serena actually designated Venus as her coach once in a tournament they were both playing in!
There's coaching 'from the box'. And there's having your coach come on to the court. Coaching 'from the box', the stereotypic Carlos Rodriguez hand signals to justine Henin, is still completely illegal. But you can have, in the WTA, at certain tournaments, the coach come down to the court for a chat.
I hate on-court coaching, but the rule against it was created during a time where people cared if others thought they were cheats or not. If the player doesn't care if everyone knows she cheats, and fans don;t care if their favorite player cheats, and the sponsors don;t care if a player cheats, what can a chair umpire do? kow 50 languages and 200 different hand signs?
Maria Sharpaova cheated in every slam she won, and she, potentially, can make more in endorsements than any player in history. Sponsors don't care. Cheating isn't the rule. Most players can't afford a traveling partner to sit in their box to help them cheat. It's limited to the players who make a lot of money. And you don;t see most of them being coached from the friends box. But if the WTA and the ITF aren't going tp enforce the rule, they are always going to be dishnonest players who cheat.
NOTE: I should NOT pick on Maria Sharapova. She certainly isn't the most succesul player who ever got coached from the box.
NOTE: Anybody who says that all players get coached is not only lying, they KNOW they're lying. It's not even possible for most players. But look at a lot of the big names.
Lindsay Davenport's Mom was never giving her signals. Unless 'Spike it! Hit right through that block!" translates from volleyball to tennis. And while I think Orecene Can signal her children in her sleep (most mothers can) there's no indication that she does. Venus' OZ results are pretty much proof. (ANYONE could have coached her to a win in that last QF at OZ.) I have never heard of Amelie Maursemo ever being coached. Or Anastasia Myskina. Or Iva Majioli.
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