Billie Jean King says permitting coaches to sign directions to gamers throughout Girls’s Tennis Affiliation matches is a “no-brainer”.
The WTA is to trial a system at this month’s Dubai Responsibility Free Championship whereby coaches can sign to gamers in the course of the match.
King believes this teaching will create media curiosity and speaking factors.
“I’ve all the time been for it [coaching on the court],” stated King, a winner of 12 Grand Slam singles titles.
“Take a look at baseball. They’ve a first-base coach and a third-base coach, the coaches are giving all these alerts, squeezing their nostril or no matter and making all these alerts. It is fascinating for folks,” added King, who additionally received 16 Grand Slam titles in doubles.
“They make documentaries on these coaches. It is only a story to advertise our sport and something we will do to put it up for sale is an efficient factor, it is a no-brainer.”
Gamers on the WTA tour are solely permitted to summon their coaches throughout a changeover as soon as per set – and never in Grand Slams – whereas the boys’s ATP Tour doesn’t enable it in any respect.
At the moment, gamers can obtain a code violation for taking ‘teaching’ from the stands, as occurred in the course of the 2018 US Open final when the umpire deemed that Serena Williams’ coach had made a gesture.
King, who was awarded the BBC Sports activities Character of the 12 months Lifetime Achievement Award for her services to tennis in 2018, needs the game to encourage coaches to change into “a part of the narrative” compared to different disciplines the place “each coach is a narrative”.
“We wish extra folks to enter teaching, and you need to see it to be it,” the 76-year-old American stated.
“If they’re sitting up within the stands nobody is aware of who they’re.”
“Let’s simply have a look at the sports activities in the US. They speak in regards to the coaches in school and professional sports activities as a lot as they speak in regards to the gamers. We do not do this for our sport and we’re dropping out on column inches, and time and media.”