There has been considerable debate in tennis around the ATP’s recent decision to allow players to openly accept assistance from their coaches by implementing on-court coaching in men’s tennis.
Australian player Nick Kyrgios, who competes without a coach, has voiced his opposition to the move. He thinks that one of the core elements of the game is the player’s “solitude” on the court.
“I completely disagree. You lose one of the particularities that only this sport has,” Krygios said during his participation in the Mallorca Open.
“The player has to manage the match by himself. That’s the beauty of it.
“What happens if a top player plays against a lower profile player, who can’t afford a coach?”
On-court coaching is not just opposed by Kyrgios. Carlos Moya, a former world No.1 and current coach of Rafael Nadal, has spoken out against this idea.