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Richard Williams accused of coaching from the stands at Nasdaq-100

Excerpt from http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article...629300,00.html:

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One lineswoman approached the umpire three times to say that Richard Williams was coaching from his front-row seat and, as such, exerting undue influence.

Nothing was done because, well, it would take a courageous umpire to rebuke the man arguably more powerful than Larry Scott, now officially installed as chairman and chief executive of the WTA.

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A baseline judge left her chair and spoke to the umpire three times during Saturday's women's singles final to report that Serena Williams was being coached from the front row seats by her father, Richard. Pappa Williams' instructions amounted to little more than fundamentals such as, "Go down the middle, Serena!" But he was breaking the rules, and the umpire had a word with Serena about it.
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To be fair Richard is not the only one who does this. Anyone seen those funny nose rubbings Nigel Sears does when he watched Hantuchova play???

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Exactly. How many times did Melanie coach Martina from the stands or Kournikova's mom coach her from the stands? What about Stephano Capriati signals to Jennifer. It happens. It's not right that it happens, but it does. I really wonder how the WTA can crack down on it.
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well, i suppose that serena serena wouldn't have been able to beat capriati for the 7th consecutive time without richard's instruction to "go down the middle". (sorry i couldn't resist ) anyway, good for the linespeople for catching it, and serena was dealt with accordingly so all's well that ends well.
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To raise an issue, in Athlectics they are abolishing the rule, as there is no way to crack down on it. Do you think that tennis should go the same way?

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If Serena heard it, Jennifer shold have heard it too. She would then know where Serena would hit her next shots.
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Big deal, I hope they are this quick and adamant when Capriati, Hantucova, and Henins coaches do the exact same thing. Maybe they can also tell the idiots in the crowd that if they want to be an umpire maybe they should apply for the job instead hooting and whistling from the damn stands.
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Could "KILL THE BITCH, MARY!" be counted as couching? *wonders*
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Marys Dad was banned from the tour you know, but I dont see Richard going to same way...

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Coaching exists, i remember Hingis being the one warned in Usopen 2000 vs Venus

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This has happened before, and once it was very funny. The chair told Serena they were going to deduct a point if Richard kept coaching, and Serena's quite audiable response was "What do you want me to do? I'm trying not to listen to him."

Even members of the crowd laughed.

There's an easy solution to this. Tell everybody that if the chair umpires sees it coahcing, the person doing the signaling will be politely escorted form the stadium. Somebody will try to get over, they'll get nailed, and that'll be that. It's not a big deal, except the WTA won't enforce the rule.

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Sabatini vs Martinez ?
Seasons in the top ten: Sabatini 10 Conchita 9
Straight Seasons in the top ten: Sabatini 10 Conchita 6
Seasons in the top 5: Sabatini 6 Conchita 5
Straight seasons in the top 5: Sabatini 6 Conchita 4
Tier II and above titles
Sabatini 24 Martinez 17
Record at the Masters
Sabatini has 2 titles 2 Runner up and 3 SF
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Record against the best players
Sabatini 40% Martinez 21%
Head to Head
Sabatini leads 9-6 over Martinez
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I love how one story has the tour too terrified to do anything while the other one has the umpire speaking to Serena.

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Why, Pam Shriver coaches too
Although it is not technical couching like hit a forehand that way or the other way, Pam still coached because she helped and helping another player is coaching....so even commentators do it

Richard should have given a warning.
so should have pammy.
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"What do you want me to do? I'm trying not to listen to him."

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& LOL again...
way to go Serena
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