Sloane Stephens, a former US Open champion, has backed calls for on-court coaching to be allowed at Grand Slams, Channel News Asia report.
Currently, on-court coaching is banned in Grand Slams but allowed in WTA events, however, Serena Williams’ coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, has called for the respective authorities to allow coaching from the stands in recent weeks.
During the previous US Open final between Williams and Naomi Osaka, Mouratoglou and Williams were accused of cheating made signals from the player’s box.
Mouratoglou admitted after that we was attempting to coach Williams from the side, but called for things to be changed after a statement on social media.
Coaching is a vital component of any sporting performance. Yet banning it almost makes it look as if it had to be hidden or as if it was shameful.
Stephens, who was victorious at Flushing Meadows back in 2017, backed up Mouratoglou’s point, claiming the rule should be changed in the future.
I think that a lot of coaching does happen from the stands, anyway. Whether it’s right, wrong, whatever, I think that coaching is a big part of tennis, and you’re out there alone. You know, a lot goes into it behind the scenes, preparation and everything.
So I think that I can’t say definitely there should be or should not be, but I think there needs to be a little bit of a change to the rule, definitely.
With Wimbledon recently revealing there will be a change to a final set tie-break starting next year, we may not have to wait much longer until we see a Grand Slam where coaching is permitted.