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Why is it allowed ONLY on Davis Cup & Federal Cup and NOT during regular/GS tournaments? Are there any valid reasons for this?

Wouldn’t it be nice to see the partnership of a coach and a player on court? IMO, we would be seeing more strategies on court with the help of the coach. Moreover, the best coach could be easily picked at the end of the year.
 

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Its cos mostly only the Top players have their own coaches and that would be unfair to lower ranked players who mainly have to share coaches.

Tennis is supposed to be between you and the opponent and if you lose your way its for you to figure it out , no one else can help once you cross that boundary which makes it a pretty good rule.

<br />In Davis Cup/FED CUP the coaches are paid for by the National Federation and all players have the same coach so its the same for all countries.
 

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thanks TBE. that's a very acceptable expalanation. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
 

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The other issue is that coaching is now widely spread in WTA and also ITF tourneys.

As I mentioned in another post, I have not seen a single match (either in ITF or WTA tourney) where there was not at least one player coached.

During one match, I was so upset that I went to see the tournament Director and asked him to check a little bit more the match. The player got a warning then.

But only because she was not experienced enough and looked at her coach when he spoke to her. I think that if the player does not look at the coach when he speaks, there can then be no fine for side coaching.

It is besides impossible for an umpire in most cases to understand what the coach is saying to the player (so many different languages). So while coaching is prohibited, supporting the player is not. How to know what the coach is saying?

I think that because it is presently so difficult to regulate side coaching (as detailed above), officials are considering allowing it.

Another important point is that allowing coaching during matches will bring more interest to the game for the spectators. There would be more suspens as players would get advice from their coach in order to change a momentum that would otherwise lead to a quick loss.

It will obviously not solve all problems as it is true that several ITF players have no coach or share the same coach. But it will clear a situation that is presently not sustainable.

I am personally not in favour of coaching as I believe that players must be mentally independant and able to change of strategy by themselves during a match. Allowing side coaching would only make players more dependant from their coaches. And I felt already that players were depending a lot from their coaches. Like 5 year old kids depend from their parents. It does not help these teenagers to grow up and mature.

But I believe this switch in the rules is inevitable
 

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when you say "that I've not seen a match where one player isn't coached" are you talking about on TV or live?

I'm just asking because I've only seen it a few times in the past year (none that I can think of off the top of my head).

can you give some examples from the US Open?
 

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This is live. On TV, you would not have a camera all the time on the coach and would not be able to know whether there is side coaching or not.<br />I have not been at the US Open yet. But I have seen some players who are at the US Open being coached in some other tourney.

[ December 01, 2001: Message edited by: Steveg ]</p>
 

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Coaching always happens , there's not much anyone can do unless you put a "supervisor" next to each coach during matches.

How's the Umpire supposed to know who is calling out esp when lots of diff voices are being said at same time but a player will know her coaches voice.<br /> <br /> The player will know what is being said and they don't have to looking at the coach to hear it.

Some coaches are very obvious.
 

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How much in terms of percentage can a COACH influence the outcome of a certain match?

For example the just concluded Davis Cup, is it because of wrong decision made by the Oz coach or is it the player themselves bowing out from tremendous pressures/expectations from the crowd? <img src="rolleyes.gif" border="0">

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[ December 02, 2001: Message edited by: jomar ]</p>
 
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