Andy Murray has put the issue of on-court coaching back in the spotlight as he has suggested it be used to counter tactical toilet breaks and medical timeouts during tennis matches.
On-court coaching made headlines at this year’s US Open when Serena Williams was handed a code violation during the women’s final against Naomi Osaka.
A few days before that match, Murray accused Fernando Verdasco of speaking to his coach when the 10-minute heat-break rule was applied during their second-round encounter at Flushing Meadows.
Murray felt the officials didn’t know the “f****** rules”.
The three-time Grand Slam winner addressed the issues on Instagram, writing: “A couple of possible solutions to tactical toilet breaks and medical timeouts in tennis.
1. If a player wants to go to the toilet or have a medical timeout then his/her opponent is allowed to bring coach onto court for the duration of the break. Limiting the advantage gained of disrupting rhythm/momentum. The TV would love this as it would give them something to talk about during delay.
2. If a player wants to call a medical timeout, they forfeit opponents next service game so when they restart it’s always on their serve. I think players would only get the physio/doctor out if it was a genuine issue in this scenario.
Thoughts tennis fans?”
His ideas did get a mixed response, but at least he is offering solutions.
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