Tuesday, December 06, 2022

Off-court coaching trial announced for the second half of the 2022 season. ATP Tour

The ATP has announced that there will be a trial of ‘off-court’ coaching for the second half of the season. The trial will allow coaching from designated coach seats during qualifying and main draw matches at ATP Tour events beginning the week of 11 July 2022.

Trials will also take place at the US Open and will run until the season-ending Nieto ATP Finals in Turin in November.

Various coaching regimens have been tested throughout the sport in recent years, including on-court coaching and coaching via headsets. Today’s announcement brings alignment for the second half of the season on the ATP Tour, the US Open and the Hologic WTA Tour, where an off-court coaching trial is already underway.

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In addition to ensuring consistency throughout the game for the benefit of players and fans, the test aims to create additional points of intrigue and insight to enhance the fan experience.

Off-court coaching will be allowed under the following conditions:

  • Coaches must sit in the designated coach seats of the tournament
  • Coaching (verbal and non-verbal) is permitted only if it does not disrupt play or create an obstacle for the opponent
  • Oral coaching is allowed only if the player is on the same side of the court
  • Nonverbal coaching (hand gestures) is allowed at any time
  • Verbal coaching may include few words and/or short phrases (conversations are not allowed)
  • When a player is off the court for any reason, the coach cannot talk to his player.
  • Penalties and fines for misuse or abuse of the above coaching conditions will still apply

The trial will be assessed collectively at the end of the 2022 season, to assess the possible inclusion of off-court coaching in subsequent seasons.

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