Novak Djokovic says he wants on-court coaching to be implemented, but with one major condition

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Novak Djokovic playing to the crowd

Novak Djokovic believes tennis should start allowing on-court coaching, but says provisions must be taken to ensure conversations remain private.

Tennis is on an enforced break at the moment due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, prompting many players to fill the void by having Instagram webchats with each other to discuss all things tennis.

And, whilst talking to Fabio Fognini, the conversation turned to innovation.

“I’m always in favour of innovation,” world number one Djokovic said.

“I think that the tennis industry needs to keep evolving.

“One thing I’d like to work on is lowering the age of the fan-base, since I’m told that in the US and in Europe it’s usually above 60 years old.

“As for rules, I like the experimentation done during the NextGen Finals in Milan.

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“I think that on-court coaching should be implemented, but without letting the crowd hear what is being said, because it would certainly reach the ears of the opponent’s team.”

The WTA are currently rolling out an experiment with on-court coaching, but as of yet the ATP have not followed suit.

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