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Novak Djokovic in favour of ATP rule-change, saying: 'It already happens in 90 per cent of cases'

Novak Djokovic has had his say on upcoming ATP rule-change - and he says it is unlikely to actually change anything at all.
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Novak Djokovic says he is 'divided' on the ATP's plan to allow on-court coaching, although he is leaning towards being in favour of it.

At the moment, players are not allowed to communicate with their coaches during matches and are instead expected to figure problems out for themselves.

However, after Wimbledon the ATP will start allowing it, with a set of rules drawn up so it can be closely controlled.

Some players, such as Stefanos Tsitsipas are vocally in favour it it. On the other side, Rafael Nadal's coach, Carlos Moya, has said he is strongly against it.

Djokovic was asked for his views by the media at Wimbledon, and he offered a typically measured and considered response.

"I have to admit that I am divided because I understand the arguments of both sides," Djokovic said.

"Maybe I'm leaning more towards introducing coaching. We, on the tour, know that this is already happening in 90 percent of cases, there are signs and communication.

"Now it will be regulated, that is. to make it official, with certain conditions.

"I understand the other side as well. Nick Kyrgios is one of those who pointed out that it kills the uniqueness of our sport, that as an individual you fight, find solutions.

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"I understand that too. We know that this is already happening, so let it be the rule," Djokovic added.

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Novak Djokovic has also revealed he is in favour of another potential change in tennis: the all-white Wimbledon dress code.

However, he says that Goran Ivanisevic, his coach and one of Wimbledon's most popular ever champions, disagrees.

"Here at Wimbledon, who could have guessed that they would allow players to train at the Central Stadium (Centre Court) before the start of the tournament?" Djokovic asked.

"I bet with Goran that in the future, they might allow a little paint on the equipment, and he says there is no chance.

"I am open to changes that can contribute to popularization."

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