Kyrgios says the fantastic thing about sport disappeared with the introduction of off-pitch coaching

Australian Nick Kyrgios criticized the ATP Tour’s choice to attempt the coach off-court, saying on Wednesday that the fantastic thing about the game the place gamers needed to determine issues out for themselves had been taken away.

The ATP will attempt off-court coaching within the second half of the yr, with gamers receiving instruction in qualifying and principal draw matches in tournaments together with the US Open and ATP Finals.

Patrick Mouratoglou, who coached Serena Williams and now coaches Simona Halep, congratulated the ATP for “‘legalizing’ a apply that has been occurring in almost each recreation for many years,” however Kyrgios mentioned he opposed the transfer.

“Completely disagree. It loses one of many solely distinctive traits that no different sport had,” Kyrgios mentioned on Twitter at

“The participant needed to determine issues out for himself. That was the fantastic thing about it. What if a excessive profile participant versus a low stage participant who would not have or (cannot) afford a supervisor?”

The trial begins within the week of July 11 and can run by way of to the ATP Season Finish Finals in November.

Mouratoglou was concerned in a infamous off-court teaching incident – which wasn’t initially allowed on the Grand Slams – on the 2018 US Open ultimate, when Williams was warned for a training violation.

Mouratoglou had made a gesture within the stands throughout the dramatic decisive in opposition to the eventual winner Naomi Osaka. However the 52-year-old then mentioned he would do it once more, calling it the “stupidest rule” as nobody was penalized.

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