LONDON (Reuters) – American great Billie Jean King believes allowing coaches to signal to players from the stands during matches is a “no brainer” that will create more interest in tennis.
Women players are already allowed to summon their coaches during changeover once per set, apart from at Grand Slams, and the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) will trial a new system allowing coaches to interact from the stands.
The trial will start at next week’s Dubai Duty Free Championships.
“They should be able to signal from the stands,” King told Reuters by telephone this week. “Look at baseball. They have a first base coach and a third base coach, the coaches are giving all these signals, squeezing their nose or whatever and making all these signals. It’s fascinating for people.
“They make documentaries on these coaches. It’s just a story to promote our sport and anything we can do to promote it is a good thing, it’s a no-brainer.”
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