“Without coaching Carlos Alcaraz won’t have a GS” – Carlos Alcaraz targeted by fans who show support for John Millman’s idea of scrapping on-court coaching

Carlos Alcaraz is often seen seeking help from his coach Juan Carlos Ferrero.


“Without coaching Carlos Alcaraz won’t have a GS” – Carlos Alcaraz targeted by fans who show support for John Millman’s idea of scrapping on-court coaching

Carlos Alcaraz and his coach Juan Carlos Ferrero in the background (Image via ATP Tour)

Spanish tennis star Carlos Alcaraz is climbing new heights every day. The 20-year-old has already In just five years of turning pro, Alcaraz has 12 titles which include two Grand Slams. The Spaniard recently defeated 23-time Grand Slam winner; Novak Djokovic at the Wimbledon final to lift his maiden title at The Championships. Alcaraz is currently the World’s No.1 player.

While there is no doubt about the Spaniard’s skills and abilities, fans are seen often complaining about the on-court coaching Alcaraz receives from Juan Carlos Ferrero. As the 20-year-old is in New York to defend his US Open title, Alcaraz took on Germany’s Dominik Koepfer in his first-round match. In fact, he comfortably won it as the German retired midway due to an ankle injury. 

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During his match against Koepfer, Alcaraz dominated the proceedings. However, his coach was seen guiding the Spaniard from the sidelines. This prompted Australian tennis player John Millman to come up with a post on X. Millman pointed out that coaching from the sidelines helps no one. In fact, it only leads to distraction. 

“Coaching from the sidelines adds zero to the product. Even more distracting watching the coaching on TV. Players should always have been left to figure it out themselves once they entered the arena…,” posted Millman. 

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Fans agree to John Millman’s idea claiming Carlos Alcaraz gets benefitted the most

Carlos Alcaraz with coach Juan Carlos
Carlos Alcaraz with coach Juan Carlos Ferrero (Image via Tennis Lessons Singapore)

As John Millman put forth the idea of scrapping on-court coaching, fans jumped into the debate and agreed with the Australian. A few also pointed out how Alcaraz has benefitted the most with this weird rule wherein the coach dictates the on-field proceedings. A user also claimed that Alcaraz would not have won a single slam if on-court coaching was not there.

There were a few fans who did not agree with Millman as they found it absolutely fine. Check out the spectrum of reactions to John Millman’s post below.

Notably, on-court coaching was not always allowed in tennis. However, recently, there was a change in the rules which meant coaches could give their inputs as and when required. The US Open was the first Grand Slam to implement the change. Now, with voices being raised against the practice, it is to be seen if tennis will revert back to its old ways or if the rule survives.

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