Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios says he is not really a fan of the ATP's decision to trial off-court coaching in the second part of the 2022 season. From July 11, coaches across the ATP Tour will be allowed to share some tips to their players but they will have to sit in the tournament's designated coaching seats.
Verbal coaching will be allowed only when the player is at the same end of the court, while non-verbal coaching (hand signals) will be allowed all the time. Patrick Mouratoglou, an ex-Serena Williams coach who works with Simona Halep now, welcomed the decision.
"Congratulations to the ATP for 'legalizing' a practice that has been going on at almost every match for decades. No more hypocrisy," Mouratoglou tweeted.
Kyrgios: I completely disagree
Loses one of the only unique traits that no other sport had. The player had to figure out things on his own. That was the beauty of it. What happens if a high profile player versus a low ranked player who doesn’t have or afford a coach?" Kyrgios responded.
Meanwhile, Kyrgios' Mallorca campaign came to an end this Wednesday after the Australian pulled out of his round-of-16 match due to an abdominal pain.
Completely disagree. Loses one of the only unique traits that no other sport had. The player had to figure out things on his own. That was the beauty of it. What happens if a high profile player versus a low ranked player who doesn’t have or afford a coach? — Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) June 22, 2022
"I'm really sorry I'm going to have to withdraw from tonight's match here in Mallorca. I have been playing a lot of great matches lately and unfortunately I woke up with a pain in my abs. I went to see the tournament doctor right away and he advised that I don't play tonight.
I really value the Mallorca Championships but I will follow his advice as I don't want to risk Wimbledon next week," Kyrgios said in a statement. After reaching back-to-back semifinals in Stuttgart and Mallorca, Kyrgios will certainly feel well about his chances at Wimbledon.
Kyrgios will be unseeded at Wimbledon and many believe he is the player no seeded player will want to face early at The All England Club.