‘To Break This Hypocrisy’- Daniil Medvedev’s Coach Speaks in Favor of ATP’s Recent Rule Regarding Off-Court Coaching

Published 06/23/2022, 8:08 AM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Men’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 31, 2022 Russia’s Daniil Medvedev looks dejected after Spain’s Rafael Nadal wins the men’s singles final REUTERS/Morgan Sette

The recent announcement from the ATP has caused a ruckus in the tennis world. ATP’s decision to tune in WTA’s ways of off-court coaching has garnered mixed reactions from entities and their coaches. On which side is the coach of current World No.1 Daniil Medvedev?

Medvedev has been forced to sit out of the upcoming major because of the ban imposed by the Wimbledon championship. Therefore, the player will be eyeing the fourth and last Grand Slam of the year, which will commence under the changed regulations. However, as per his coach, the change seems to be a favorable one.

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Gilles Cervara about off-court coaching

Cervara, while speaking to the Tennis Major, weighed in on the matter of off-court coaching being authorized by ATP. He said, “I am rather in favor of it, especially to break this hypocrisy and the lack of consistency on the penalties. Some coaches get fined for three “come on” during the game. It was not consistent, not framed.”

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Thereafter, he spoke about the probable changes the decision could bring. He said, “Less fines as a start. And… Not really much. Because the rule will not allow anyone to have a real exchange as we do during training. It will depend on the distance between the box and the player, if the player can hear the coach or not, and then on the relevancy of the coach’s words. Afterwards, I’m sure there will be something for everyone.”

Mar 12, 2022; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Daniil Medvedev (RUS) hits a shot in his 2nd round match against Tomas Machac (CZE) at the BNP Paribas open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Apart from him, Serena Williams, and ex-coach Patrick Mouratoglou, have also nodded in favor of the move and believe it will make the playing situations better. However, Nick Kyrgios believes that the rule will only benefit high-profile players. Whereas those who cannot afford to travel with a coach will be trampled.

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Daniil Medvedev in the grass

Medvedev started his journey with the Netherland-based Rosmalen Grass Court Championships. In the ATP 250 event, he thrashed every opponent to make it up to the finals but lost the title to 25-year-old Dutch professional, Tim van Rijthoven.

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Thereafter, performing splendidly, he made up to the finals of the Halle Open. He got the better of players, such as the former World No.7 David Goffin, to book a match in Owl Arena against the Polish star Hubert Hurkacz. However, he failed to claim yet another grass-based trophy and gave an easy straight win of 6-1, 6-4 to the Pole. Currently, he is testing his luck in the Mallorca Open and will compete for a seat in the semifinals against the Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut.

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Mahima Verma

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Mahima Verma is a Tennis writer for EssentiallySports. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Hotel Management from IHM Mumbai. A sports enthusiast, particularly Tennis since her childhood, Mahima believes that she is fortunate enough to witness the legends like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Serena Williams play.

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