The men’s professional tennis tour’s governing body, the ATP, has stated that “off-court” coaching will be trialled at the US Open and all other events in the second half of this season. Coaching will be authorised from designated seats for qualifying and main draw matches at events beginning July 11th, according to the governing body.
Only verbal and non-verbal coaching will be authorised if it does not disrupt play or hinder the opponent, with verbal coaching permissible only when both players are on the same end of the court. Coaches are permitted to use hand signals at any time, but they are not permitted to speak to their players when they leave the court for any reason.
Abuse or misuse of the new coaching conditions will still result in penalties and fines. The trial will last until the ATP Finals in Turin in November, which will conclude the season. The statement by the ATP aligns the men’s tour with the WTA Tour, which already has an off-court coaching trial in place.
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