Billie Jean King says allowing coaches to signal instructions to gamers for the length of Girls’s Tennis Association fits is a “no-brainer”.
The WTA is to trial a tool at this month’s Dubai Duty Free Championship whereby coaches can signal to gamers for the length of the match.
King believes this coaching will salvage media pastime and talking points.
“I truly hold continuously been for it [coaching on the court],” acknowledged King, a winner of 12 Enormous Slam singles titles.
“Explore at baseball. They’ve a fundamental-unfavorable coach and a third-unfavorable coach, the coaches are giving all these indicators, squeezing their nose or whatever and making all these indicators. It’s charming for other folks,” added King, who furthermore received 16 Enormous Slam titles in doubles.
“They salvage documentaries on these coaches. It’s factual a fable to promote our sport and the rest we can elevate out to promote it is a appropriate thing, it be a no brainer.”
Gamers on the WTA tour are simplest current to summon their coaches for the length of a changeover once per space – and no longer in Enormous Slams – while the males’s ATP Tour does no longer allow it the least bit.
For the time being, gamers can receive a code violation for taking ‘coaching’ from the stands, as occurred for the length of the 2018 US Starting up closing when the umpire deemed that Serena Williams’ coach had made a gesture.
King, who used to be awarded the BBC Sports Persona of the Year Lifetime Success Award for her products and companies to tennis in 2018, wants the sport to succor coaches to develop into “section of the legend” when when in contrast to various disciplines the put “every coach is a fable”.
“We desire more other folks to circulation into coaching, and you’ve got to uncover it to be it,” the 76-twelve months-primitive American acknowledged.
“If they’re sitting up in the stands no one knows who they’re.”
“Let’s factual uncover at the sports activities in the USA. They talk referring to the coaches in school and knowledgeable sports activities as a lot as they talk referring to the gamers. We make no longer elevate out that for our sport and we are losing out on column inches, and time and media.”