Coco Gauff’s Coach Shows Optimism Towards Major Rule Changing in College Tennis – ‘Should Be Heavily Punished’

Published 12/14/2023, 4:40 AM EST

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It is rightfully said that college tennis could pave the way for a better future in the world of tennis. It provides them with the chance to perform at their level best while allowing them to shine brighter. However, there have been moments where certain instances of cheating have often come to light. This puts a huge question mark on the upcoming generation.

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But, a recent change in the rules and regulations has brought a new ray of hope among the fans. Reflecting on the same,  the head coach of Coco Gauff, Brad Gilbert, in his recent tweet came ahead and expressed his happiness after new rules came into the picture.

Coco Gauff’s coach applauds rule changes in college tennis to combat cheating

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Amidst concerns over cheating in university tennis games, Brad Gilbert has emphasized the necessity of taking strict measures against unsportsmanlike behavior. With college tennis adapting rules to tackle this issue, Coco Gauff’s coach, in a recent revelation, expressed his happiness while highlighting the significance of these changes.

He talked about the need for accountability, particularly targeting coaches who encourage unfair play by applauding their players during certain questionable calls, as captured in posted videos.

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“College tennis has adjusted certain rules to address cheating. It’s still a big problem – the coaches that clap  for there players when a horrendous call  happens like on videos posted should be heavily punished, hopefully  will get machines soon,” said Gilbert in his recent tweet.

Gauff’s coach welcomed the efforts to address this problem. He also suggested that using machines during the gameplay could help them identify who is the real one behind cheating. Thus, Gilbert expressed his satisfaction when new rules were implemented to stop the cheaters from making their way further into the tournament.

Talking about this particular case, here is everything that happened back then which led to the introduction of the much-needed change in rules for college tennis.

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An incident back in 2019 paved the way for change in college tennis rules

A match between Ohio State and Illinois in 2019 had a very important moment that went viral in the sports world. A video of one of the Buckeyes’ top players, John McNally, serving wide to the opposition in the deuce court during a second set tiebreaker surfaced online. In an attempt to get his racquet on the ball, Alex Brown of Illinois strains and lofts a high, floating return that pushes McNally back.

McNally cries “No!” as soon as the ball touches down, which is the standard indication for an outcall. With instant contempt, Brown threw up his hands. A few of his teammates and onlookers shouted aloud. Both they and the people who viewed the slow-motion footage that went viral on the Internet saw the ball as clearly in.

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This incident was clearly an indication of how fairness in the game should be promoted and how the need for new and fair rules would help players promote integrity in the game.

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Akshat Gaur

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