Wimbledon open to coaching rule change, but won’t lead the discussion
Wimbledon are against allowing coaching, but they will not stand in the way of its introduction should the other Grand Slams want to implement it.
Coaching is allowed on the WTA Tour but not at Grand Slams, and the issue has come into stark focus following Serena Williams’ fiery US Open final defeat to Naomi Osaka.
Philip Brook, the chairman of the Wimbledon board, sympathised with Williams, but is not sure whether the time would be right to change the rule.
“The situation is very confusing for everybody,” he admitted.
Tennis Today: Serena Williams branded ‘not a good look for tennis’ by Wimbledon chief.https://t.co/CHiPBkU1W1
— Tennis365 (@T365Official) September 28, 2018
“Wimbledon and others think the time has come for an adult conversation across the sport to see where it goes.
“What we would like to learn from those who have conducted trials is, ‘OK, persuade us why it is a good idea’.
“There is more unilateral behaviour and discord among the governing bodies than I’ve seen in the sport in 20 years and I think it would be great if tennis could do a better job of coming together and trying to figure things out and try to act in the best interests of tennis.
“We [Wimbledon] are not necessarily the easiest of people to deal with. People might say, ‘Shall we all vote for coaching, it’s good for the sport’.
“We will say no, but if the rest of the sport say we want to do it and there are good reasons, then maybe Wimbledon should fit in.”
More from Tennis365:
WTA calendar update: Guadalajara to host WTA 1000 event as China remains absent from schedule
Changes to the 2022 WTA calendar.
Iga Swiatek hailed as ‘the boss’ as French Open chief Amelie Mauresmo praises ‘new era’ in women’s tennis
Iga Swiatek steering women’s tennis into a new era.
French Open news: Home hopes dented with Gael Monfils withdrawal
French No 1 Gael Monfils has withdrawn from the Lyon Open and Roland Garros.
ATP finally make a decision on Queen’s and Eastbourne – but Wimbledon are still waiting
Russian and Belarusian players were last month banned from competing at Wimbledon.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s Lyon farewell ends in heartbreaking first round loss
It ends early for Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Lyon.
Daniil Medvedev seeks time on court ahead of French Open
Geneva holds great importance for Daniil Medvedev’s hopes of a French Open triumph.
Iga Swiatek is setting example for mental health focus psychologist feels
Psychologist Daria Abramowicz travels with Iga Swiatek as a key part of her support team.
Wimbledon ban: Novak Djokovic plays down suggestions of boycott, saying ‘there are better solutions’
Wimbledon “very strict”, but Novak Djokovic says boycott is unlikely.
2022 French Open: When does it take place, the defending champions, who are absent, TV channels, prize money
Everything you need to know about the French Open.
Novak Djokovic for Eurovision? Nole shows off vocal skills while his son Stefan wins his first-ever tournament
A sunshine double for Novak Djokovic and family.