‘Men Have Chosen Not to Do That..’ – Chris Evert Once Echoed Serena Williams’ Ex-coach Patrick Mouratoglou’s Honest Opinion on On-Court Coaching

Published 10/01/2022, 9:52 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 24: Honoree Chris Evert speaks onstage during the 33rd Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner, which raised millions of dollars for the Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis at The New York Hilton Midtown on September 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Thos Robinson/Getty Images for Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis )

Over the years, there have been many advancements in the sport of tennis. From improved rackets to the Hawk-eye technology, the modern sport has seen much progress as it becomes more competitive. Further, there have been numerous rule changes also in tennis. Tennis legend, Chris Evert once talked about one such rule change a few years back.

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When Chris Evert opened up about on-court coaching in women’s tennis

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In July 2016, the American tennis legend was involved in a conversation with Lance Armstrong. During their interaction, the two talked about a variety of subjects like sports, family, and life after sports.

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At one moment, Armstrong asked Evert to comment about on-court coaching in tennis. Replying to this, she said, “In women’s tennis you can get coached. Once a coach can come out once a set not in Grand Slams but in all the WTA tournaments. We have adapted that one yes.”

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 07: Martina Navratilova, Serena Williams of the United States and Chris Evert pose after the women’s singles final match on Day fourteen of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 7, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Williams defeated Wozniacki in two sets by a score of 6-3, 6-3. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Further, she went on to add, “The men have chosen not to do that… Everybody’s doing that (hand signals). Little things like clapping and going okay move your feet Venus you know or you know ball toss higher, you know. They can do that.”

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On-court coaching controversy

There has been much debate about the usage of on-court coaching at tournaments. Earlier this season, Stefanos Tsitsipas received multiple warnings for receiving on-court coaching at the Australian Open. Additionally, his father also received a caution for giving signals to his son during his semifinal match against Daniil Medvedev.

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Serena’s former coach, Patrick Mouratoglou has batted for on-court coaching to be allowed in tennis. He revealed that it goes on all the time at the tournaments. Thus allowing on-court coaching will reduce the controversy surrounding it. Further, Mouratoglou himself admitted that he had done coaching violations in the past.

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Vatsal Shah

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Vatsal Shah is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. With a Bachelor's degree in engineering, he is a die hard fan of tennis and sports in general. He is an ardent follower of Rafael Nadal and is inspired by his never-say-die attitude.

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