Tursunov: ATP should try on-court coaching again

by: Matt Cronin February 23, 2014

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Dmitry Tursunov says the ATP World Tour should try on-court coaching again. The ATP experimented with the concept in 1998 but quickly dropped it. The WTA has been allowing on-court coaching since 2009.

"I am not sure if on-court coaching will make it more exciting for the spectators," Tursunov told the National. "So if that would make it more popular with the fans, I would definitely say we should give it a try. But at the moment, there never seem to be questions raised about it. There has never been a need for it. So I guess that’s why we have never moved towards it.

"It seems to be working with the women, but the one big drawback is that if a player is traveling without a coach due to his lack of funds and someone who he is playing has a coach, it does make the conditions a bit unfair. But I think it is going to be very difficult to have a set-up where everything is fair to everyone all the time. There’s always going to be some degree of unfairness. It’s just the nature of the game. The goal of the coaches is to help the player function without a coach. But yeah, it definitely helps quite a bit when you do start panicking in some difficult conditions through a match. The coach can come out and snap you out of it."

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