In today’s daily drops: Nick Kyrgios has been tipped by another big name to light-up Wimbledon this year, and the ATP have announced a lengthy trial of on-court coaching.
ATP to trial on-court coaching
The ATP have announced plans to trial on-court coaching this season as they continue to shake things up.
On-court coaching has always been frowned upon by tennis traditionalists, who claim part of the appeal of the sport is that the player faces the challenge of problem-solving during matches.
They will now get help, with on-court coaching permitted on the ATP for the rest of the year starting on July 11. The trial will include the US Open.
There will be restrictions in place, though, for the purpose of ensuring the natural flow of the match is not interrupted.
As per the ATP website, the following conditions apply:
- Coaches must sit in the tournament’s designated coach seats
- Coaching (verbal and non-verbal) is allowed only if it does not interrupt play or create any hindrance to the opponent
- Verbal coaching is permitted only when the player is at the same end of the court
- Non-verbal coaching (hand signals) is permitted at any time
- Verbal coaching may consist of a few words and/or short phrases (no conversations are permitted)
- Coaches may not speak to their player when the player leaves the court for any reason
- Penalties and fines will still apply for abuse or misuse of the above coaching conditions
Korda succumbs to injury
Sebastian Korda has lifted the lid on his recent injury struggles, revealing he has been suffering from ‘terrible’ shin splints.
The 21-year-old American has impressed at times this season, yet has struggled to find any real consistency and we may now have an explanation for that.
He has withdrawn from Wimbledon, saying: “Sadly I had to withdraw from Wimbledon today after my match in Eastbourne.
“I have been dealing with terrible shin splints and beaten up feet for quite some time now and can’t go on with it anymore. I have been advised to rest and recuperate is the best way forward.”
Get well soon, Sebastian.
Nick Kyrgios to ‘wreak havoc’ at Wimbledon?
Lleyton Hewitt has joined the growing chorus of analysts tipping Nick Kyrgios to make a serious impression at Wimbledon this season.
Kyrgios has had a fine grass season so far, reaching the semi-finals at both Stuttgart and Halle.
The Australian has not been shy about his own credentials, describing himself as a ‘top five player’ on grass, despite never actually winning a tournament on the surface.
Hewitt, though, is expecting big things from Kyrgios at Wimbledon this year.
“On his day, he can match it with the best guys in the world, particularly on hard courts or grass,” Hewitt, who is playing at the Giorgio Armani Tennis Classic this week, said of Kyrgios.
“Anyone that can win so many easy service games like Nick, he’s one of the best spot-servers on tour, so he’s going to be awfully hard to break.
"A lot’s still going to depend on the draw but he’s definitely going to be the hardest floater, along with Andy Murray. There are certain players that could really wreak havoc.”
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