Kyrgios opposes Mouratoglou on coaching: “Having to do it alone is the beauty of tennis”

The little bomb dropped by the ATP produced its effects. From July 11 and until the end of the season, coaching from the stands will be authorized on the circuit: a test period depending on the governing body which then decides on its permanent authorization. Long-time advocate of measurement – he himself had reignited the debate after the imbroglio between Serena Williams and referee Carlos Ramos in the final of the US Open 2018 -, Patrick Mouratoglou did not hide his satisfaction on social networks. But not everyone is happy about the news, as he could tell from the responses of some in-game names to his tweet.


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Kudos to the ATP for ‘legalizing’ a practice that has taken place on almost every match for decades. The end of hypocrisy.“Such was the content of Mouratoglou’s original message. But the observation was not to everyone’s taste and it was first the former Australian player Todd Woodbridge who took the Frenchman from volley.”It’s so disappointing to see such a high-profile coach openly admitting he’s been breaking the rules of our sport for so long.“, he replied.

Equity between the players in play

If the quarrel then became more personal between the two personalities, a third, and not the least, came to be added to the discussion. Nick Kyrgios, who also withdrew from the Mallorca tournament due to abdominal pain on Wednesday, brought his stone to the building.

The Australian also spoke out against the innovation of the ATP by developing several arguments: that of the very nature of tennis and the unfairness of such a measure. “I totally disagree, he replied to Mouratoglou. That (coaching authorization, editor’s note) loses one of the only characteristics that makes this sport unique. The player had to find a way out on their own. That was the beauty of tennis. What happens if an important player takes on another high-ranked player who can’t afford to travel with a coach?” The subject therefore seems more burning than ever.

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