Off-Court coaching will be trialled by ATP for the second half of the ongoing season. It will allow coaching from designated coach seats.
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- The trial will start from the week of 11th July
- ATP says the trial aims to enhance the fan experience
- Off-Court coaching will only be allowed under certain conditions
ATP has announced on Wednesday that they will be trialling Off-Court coaching during the second half of this season, including the US Open.
Many coaching rules have been trialled across the sport in recent years. This includes On-Court coaching and coaching via headsets. The latest announcement from ATP means there will be an alignment between the ATP tour, US Open and the Hologic WTA tour. The WTA tour already has Off-Court coaching in place.
The trial, which will run through to the season-ending Nitto ATP finals taking place in Turin during November, will permit coaching from designated coach seats during qualifying and main draw matches during the ATP tour. It will start from the week of 11th July 2022.
In a statement released on Wednesday, ATP said that the trial aims to create additional points of intrigue and insight to enhance the fan experience apart from ensuring consistency across the sport for players and supporters.
The Off-Court coaching will only be allowed under certain conditions, according to the statement from the ATP.
The Coaches must sit in the tournament’s designated coach seats and coaching (verbal and non-verbal) will only be allowed if it does not interrupt play or create any hindrance to the opponent. Verbal coaching will only be permitted when the player is at the same end of the court. Non-verbal coaching (hand signals) will be allowed at any time.
Verbal coaching may consist of a few words and/or short phrases (no conversations are permitted) and the coaches may not speak to their player when he/she leaves the court for any reason. Penalties and fines will still be applicable for abuse or misuse of the above coaching conditions.
According to the ATP, the trial will be collectively evaluated at the end of the 2022 season and assessed to see if Off-Court coaching can be included in the coming years.