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bis2806
Oct 20th, 2006, 09:00 PM
http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/news;_ylt=AkmUol0ARrUzOq6EuGNe4oQ4v7YF?slug=ap-coachingoncourt&prov=ap&type=lgns

Top WTA players cool toward on-court coaching
By ERICA BULMAN, AP Sports Writer
October 17, 2006

ZURICH, Switzerland (AP) -- Amelie Mauresmo wants tennis coaches to stay in the stands. Maria Sharapova had no idea coaches were even allowed on the court.

Both players are competing at the Zurich Open, one of five tournaments where the WTA Tour is testing this rule change.

"Are they're doing that here?" Sharapova said Tuesday. "I didn't know."

Coaching during matches has been barred from ATP, WTA and Grand Slam tournaments. But in an attempt to make tennis more fan friendly, the women's tour tried on-court coaching this season in Montreal; New Haven, Connecticut; and Stuttgart, Germany. The fifth event will be in Linz, Austria, next week.

Players may request their coach on court once each set as well as during a set break. Coaching timeouts are conducted during the time allowed for changeovers, and those called between sets are limited to regular midset intervals.

Coaches wear microphones so TV viewers can hear the consultations, but many top players dislike the concept altogether.

"I'm not favorable to that system," said Mauresmo, who is ranked No. 1. "I think the very essence of tennis historically -- and perhaps I'm a little conservative when it comes to changing the rules of tennis -- is finding the keys and solutions oneself on the court. It's what makes the beauty of the sport. It's saying, 'I'm alone. What do I do?' To have outside help is a bit of a shame for that aspect of the game."

Sharapova, like Mauresmo, said she would forgo help from her coach this week unless she was "desperate."

"I don't support it. Our sport is an individual sport and you play by instinct," the No. 3-ranked Russian said. "That's what makes it so good, is that you're the one who has to decide what you're going to do. If you're calling your coach down, it's a little strange. It's like you're telling your opponent, 'I need some help."'

Sharapova was at the center of controversy for receiving help from her father, Yuri, and hitting partner Mike Joyce at this year's U.S. Open, where on-court coaching is forbidden. The two men sent apparent signals to her, including holding up four fingers or waving a banana.

After winning the tournament, Sharapova said she sometimes forgets to drink as much as she should to stay hydrated, and the hand signals were meant as a reminder.

Svetlana Kuznetsova, seeded third in Zurich, was a little more receptive to on-court coaching.

"It's something new and we need to test it," Kuznetsova said. "It's good to try things that can bring more fans to tennis and make it more fun to watch on TV."

"But I'm not sure it will help," she added. "I already tried it and it's really confusing. I'm there thinking and worrying, 'Should I call my coach for help or not?' I need to play a couple of tournaments like this."

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Obviously she always needs help from her opponent (Peer) or coaching from the stands (four fingers)! What hypocrisy Maria.....

vesanto
Oct 20th, 2006, 09:01 PM
Why would she be in favour of that if she is coached all the time during the matches. If they keep it like that, she will still be in advantage!

RJWCapriati
Oct 20th, 2006, 09:02 PM
:rolleyes: :rolleyes:

Kim's_fan_4ever
Oct 20th, 2006, 09:03 PM
It surprising that you're starting so many threads about Maria :rolleyes:

RenaSlam.
Oct 20th, 2006, 09:03 PM
LOL. The Queen of on-court coaching not in favor of it? :confused:

bis2806
Oct 20th, 2006, 09:04 PM
That's true, but her denials for being "desperate" and for needing "help from opponent" reveals her hypocrisy anyway.

vesanto
Oct 20th, 2006, 09:04 PM
Also, she is only saying that to make people forget about her famous stories around coaching :rolleyes:

Neptune
Oct 20th, 2006, 09:06 PM
She used it the last match against Peer.Mickael Joyce was next to her at the end of the first set. :lol: What she's saying?

bis2806
Oct 20th, 2006, 09:07 PM
Also, she is only saying that to make people forget about her famous stories around coaching :rolleyes:

But this writer brought them up in response to her thoughts :lol:

SloKid
Oct 20th, 2006, 09:16 PM
She had a coach on this week....:shrug:

jacobruiz
Oct 20th, 2006, 09:19 PM
She had a coach on this week....:shrug:


You mean she changed her mind and decided to try it?!!!

OMG!!!! What next!!!???:lol:

bis2806
Oct 20th, 2006, 09:21 PM
I guess, if anything, changing her mind for Michael Joyce or Yuri for on-court coaching just adds to the secret coaching that she receives from the stands during points as well.

SloKid
Oct 20th, 2006, 09:23 PM
You mean she changed her mind and decided to try it?!!!

OMG!!!! What next!!!???:lol:
Doesn't it say in the article that she'd forgo the right unless she was desperate. It's a obvious contradiction from what she appears to say in the article and the reality.

Don't go all defensive again. It's getting old. :rolleyes:
Always on a witch-hunt, everything an attack, I was just pointing out a fact. Feel free to crucify me though. :)

double-fault
Oct 20th, 2006, 09:23 PM
I think Maria has gone bananas :banana:

bis2806
Oct 20th, 2006, 09:24 PM
Doesn't it say in the article that she'd forgo the right unless she was desperate. It's a obvious contradiction from what she appears to say in the article and the reality.

Don't go all defensive again. It's getting old. :rolleyes:
Always on a witch-hunt, everything an attack, I was just pointing out a fact. Feel free to crucify me though. :)

Let's see what he will say next :o

jacobruiz
Oct 20th, 2006, 09:29 PM
Doesn't it say in the article that she'd forgo the right unless she was desperate. It's a obvious contradiction from what she appears to say in the article and the reality.

Don't go all defensive again. It's getting old. :rolleyes:
Always on a witch-hunt, everything an attack, I was just pointing out a fact. Feel free to crucify me though. :)



If you think that my post was a "witch hunt" or an attempt to "crucify" you, you have led a very sheltered life.:haha:

P_Fer
Oct 20th, 2006, 09:30 PM
bis, your obsession with hating on maria is reaching stalker level

bis2806
Oct 20th, 2006, 09:33 PM
bis, your obsession with hating on maria is reaching stalker level

Similarly, your obsession to post in every Maria thread has reached a stalking level.

Bijoux0021
Oct 20th, 2006, 09:36 PM
What a hypocrite bitch Sharapova is! Who does she think she's fooling? She's the #1 cheater on tour when it comes to illegal coaching. Justine is way up there also. It's very clear that the WTA has changed this rule specifically for Sharapova and her daddy in order to make it easier for them to cheat her opponents legally, and now she's pretending she doesn't like it. Give me a break! Obviously, she feels a lot more comfortable cheating.

SloKid
Oct 20th, 2006, 09:36 PM
If you think that my post was a "witch hunt" or an attempt to "crucify" you, you have led a very sheltered life.:haha:
Ah, next step, personal attacks. Saw it coming from a mile away. :)

RenaSlam.
Oct 20th, 2006, 09:36 PM
Jacobruiz, is a complete joke and moron. That's apparent.

bis2806
Oct 20th, 2006, 09:42 PM
It's always a Maria fan that starts personal attacks on other innocent posters instead of propelling a constructive discussion! Shame.

mashamaniac
Oct 20th, 2006, 09:43 PM
i wonder why few players do support this on-court coaching?
many players are diagree with that rule but how some girls love it ,is a mystery!!

P_Fer
Oct 20th, 2006, 09:44 PM
shame on you bis for stereotyping fans of a player

bis2806
Oct 20th, 2006, 09:48 PM
I am not stereotyping (note the use of "a Maria fan" instead of "all Maria fans") since this fact is exemplified in this very thread I created :)

Stamp Paid
Oct 20th, 2006, 09:53 PM
ROTF! bis, u had to have made up those quotes! :haha:

bis2806
Oct 20th, 2006, 10:05 PM
ROTF! bis, u had to have made up those quotes! :haha:

I did not make any quotes :confused:

j-fan
Oct 20th, 2006, 10:12 PM
You guys got it all wrong. Maria is sincere - she is against coaching (for others but for moi what is wrong with that).

:haha: :haha: :haha:

Piotr'ek
Oct 20th, 2006, 10:13 PM
Maria owns lindsay :)

bis is so funny :lol:

Dexter
Oct 20th, 2006, 10:17 PM
Maria owns lindsay :)maybe the H2H is in her favour, but no one will ever forget what happened @ IW 2005 :drool:

morningglory
Oct 20th, 2006, 10:22 PM
maybe the H2H is in her favour, but no one will ever forget what happened @ IW 2005 :drool:
well, she DID win it the year after... ghost conquered ;)
ANd b'sides what's Lindsay's gotta do with this thread anyway?

skanky~skanketta
Oct 20th, 2006, 10:23 PM
:tape:

Piotr'ek
Oct 20th, 2006, 10:24 PM
well, she DID win it the year after... ghost conquered ;)
ANd b'sides what's Lindsay's gotta do with this thread anyway?
She got with thread starter :tape:
bis aka Maria Lover :D

Aaron.
Oct 20th, 2006, 10:28 PM
Wow you all need to stop im dying from laughter all these threads :haha: :rolls: :rolls :lol: :haha:

morningglory
Oct 20th, 2006, 10:28 PM
oh bis started this thread? hmmm... :lol:
well, he's an old dog and I suppose we can't teach him any more tricks...

btw, Maria :lol: then you can be constantly "desperate" if it makes you win :lol:

On the matter, I don't see why not... Fed Cup/Davis Cup has it and it works out fine... sure MAria might lose the "mental edge" but that'll allow Yuri to tell her what to do against finesse/variety players as well... It all works out fine and other sports have'em

bellascarlett
Oct 20th, 2006, 10:41 PM
oh bis started this thread? hmmm... :lol:
well, he's an old dog and I suppose we can't teach him any more tricks...
btw, Maria :lol: then you can be constantly "desperate" if it makes you win :lol:

On the matter, I don't see why not... Fed Cup/Davis Cup has it and it works out fine... sure MAria might lose the "mental edge" but that'll allow Yuri to tell her what to do against finesse/variety players as well... It all works out fine and other sports have'em

What's even worse is seeing posters taking the bait from bis. :help:

And I thought some were more decent or more intelligent than that. :tape: I guess not. :o

darrinbaker00
Oct 21st, 2006, 12:50 AM
Of course Sharapova is against it. Why would she support on-court coaching after each set when she's getting off-court coaching after each point? :devil:

Lefty.
Oct 21st, 2006, 01:37 AM
Similarly, your obsession to post in every Maria thread has reached a stalking level.

But they actually have more reason to be in Maria threads as they are Maria fans.

Tennace
Oct 21st, 2006, 02:04 AM
Of course she isnt! She is already coached during her matches it doesnt matter to her, limit the help to her oponents is what she wants :tape:

RenaSlam.
Oct 21st, 2006, 02:06 AM
Of course she isnt! She is already coached during her matches it doesnt matter to her, limit the help to her oponents is what she wants :tape:

:lol:

bis2806
Oct 21st, 2006, 02:18 AM
What's even worse is seeing posters taking the bait from bis. :help:

And I thought some were more decent or more intelligent than that. :tape: I guess not. :o

Quit your crap because it's not a matter of intelligence but truth :rolleyes:

Oneofakind0490
Oct 21st, 2006, 02:19 AM
So one was telling me that Maria had her coach come out after the first set in Peer's match. Anyone know if there truth to this?

RenaSlam.
Oct 21st, 2006, 02:21 AM
So one was telling me that Maria had her coach come out after the first set in Peer's match. Anyone know if there truth to this?

It is truth. That's why what "darling" Maria says contradicts herself.

markspot
Oct 21st, 2006, 05:52 AM
So one was telling me that Maria had her coach come out after the first set in Peer's match. Anyone know if there truth to this?

I did not see that, probably Eurosport went into a commercial break,
but later Eurosport commentators told that
Michael Joyce came to talk to her, and they actually heard that conversation.
They were very very impressed how professional and detailed advise from Joyce was. Very impressed.

Maria was against coaching, she said so in various interviews several times,
so I wonder if she will change her mind now that she tried it?
Especially if her coach is so good.