What do you think about on court coaching?
July 3, 2007 5:56pm CST
The women's tour has tried it in a few tournaments. In commentary for ESPN2 at Wimbledon, Brad Gilbert says he is for it between sets. I'm totally against it. Tennis is just about the only sport where the athlete has traditionaly had to figure what is going on and how to adjust their strategy during the match on their own. This makes tennis unique and, in my opinion adds a lot to the game. It means that not just physical ability comes into play but mental ability and keeping ones composure, also. To allow coaching on court even on a limited basis would detract from the game. I also think they should enforce the no coaching rules more. Put a camera on the coach in the stands and if even a small hand gesture is made the player gets a warning, a second time costs a point and a third a game; a fourth and they lose the match. What do you tennis fans think?