Aussie tennis legend Todd Woodbridge SMASHES Serena Williams’ ex-coach for ‘admitting he CHEATED’ after sport introduced controversial rule change that angered Nick Kyrgios
- The ATP Tour are trialling off-court teaching for tournaments post-Wimbledon
- Serena Williams’ ex-coach Patrick Mouratoglou tweeted his assist of the trial
- Aussie legend Todd Woodbridge hit again, calling his response ‘disappointing’
- Mouratoglou was embroiled in an off-court teaching saga within the 2018 US Open
A confrontation has erupted on social media between Aussie tennis legend Todd Woodbridge and Serena Williams‘ former coach Patrick Mouratoglou, after it was introduced the ATP Tour can be trialling off-court teaching.
Woodbridge hammered Mouratoglou after the coach tweeted ‘Congratulations to the ATP for “legalising” a apply that has been occurring at virtually each match for many years’.
Beneath the rule change, gamers shall be allowed to obtain directions from their coaches throughout matches, with a trial to start later this yr.
Frenchman Mouratoglou, who presently coaches two-time Grand Slam winner Simona Halep, was on the centre of one of many sport’s most notorious off-court teaching scandals when Williams misplaced to Naomi Osaka on the 2018 US Open ultimate.
His supposed admission of off-court teaching didn’t sit effectively with Woodbridge.
Patrick Mouratoglou (left) is pictured teaching Serena Williams (proper) forward of the 2018 US Open, the place the previous world No.1 had an notorious conflict with the umpire
Aussie tennis legend Todd Woodbridge has slammed Mouratoglou for his tweet
‘That is so disappointing to see that such a excessive profile coach blatantly admits that he has damaged the foundations of our sport for therefore lengthy,’ he wrote on Twitter.
Mouratoglou fired again virtually instantly.
‘It is a significantly unhealthy one from you Todd. You’ve been on tour for a very long time. Why do you deny the proof of the teaching occurring day-after-day on the courts? To purposely making an attempt to make me look unhealthy and accusing me. That is disappointing,’ he wrote on Twitter.
‘And by the way in which, study to learn. I by no means wrote that I used to be doing what you faux I wrote.’
Patrick Mouratoglou (left) watches Serena Williams prepare through the 2021 Australian Open
That Mouratoglou of all coaches was pleased to see the ATP trial off-court teaching for all tour occasions post-Wimbledon clearly irked Woodbridge.
When Mouratoglou was teaching Williams through the 2018 US Open ultimate, she uncharacteristically imploded after she was hit with a code violation when the chair umpire, Carlos Ramos, dominated Mouratoglou was teaching from the stands.
Mouratoglou (left) coaching Williams through the 2021 French Open
She was then handed a recreation and a degree penalty for an unsightly meltdown that included smashed rackets and demanding an apology from Ramos – who Williams known as a ‘liar’.
Her coach admitted the next yr he did gesture in the direction of her throughout that recreation, however claimed she did not see it, and would not have gained a bonus.
Todd Woodbridge (left) wins a 1996 Olympic gold medal with doubles companion Mark Woodforde
After the confrontation on social media continued to play out, Woodbridge then dropped his mic and left the stage.
‘Properly I can truthfully say my coaches did not coach from the stand,’ he wrote on Twitter.
Woodbridge mentioned he’d by no means been coached from the stands in his taking part in days
There was a combined response to the ATP’s off-court teaching trial, with Nick Kyrgios disagreeing with Mouratoglou’s perception that it is a good factor.
‘Utterly disagree. Loses one of many solely distinctive traits that no different sport had,’ he wrote on Twitter.
‘The participant needed to determine issues out on his personal. That was the great thing about it. What occurs if [it’s] a high-profile participant versus a low-ranked participant who would not have or [can’t] afford a coach?’
Aussie Nick Kyrgios is just not a fan of the ATP’s plan to trial off-court teaching after Wimbledon
One in every of Australia’s biggest ever wheelchair gamers, David Corridor, is not a fan of the thought, both.
‘The great thing about tennis was that you simply needed to work your opponent out for your self. One on one battle. This six month off courtroom teaching trial on ATP tour strips it away for no good purpose,’ he wrote on Twitter.
The ATP have trialled facets of off-court teaching in recent times, and indicated the trial can be evaluated on the finish of the season to see whether or not it turns into a extra everlasting association.
ATP Tour assertion on off-court teaching trial for the remainder of 2022
The trial will allow teaching from designated coach seats throughout qualifying and primary draw matches at ATP Tour occasions, ranging from the week of 11 July 2022.
Numerous teaching guidelines have been trialled throughout the game in recent times, together with on-court teaching and training through headsets. The announcement brings alignment for the second half of the season throughout the ATP Tour, US Open and Hologic WTA Tour, the place an off-court teaching trial is already in place.
Along with making certain consistency throughout the game for the advantage of gamers and followers, the trial goals to create further factors of intrigue and perception to boost the fan expertise.
The trial shall be collectively evaluated on the finish of the 2022 season.
Off-court teaching shall be permitted below the next situations:
- Coaches should sit within the event’s designated coach seats
- Teaching (verbal and non-verbal) is allowed provided that it doesn’t interrupt play or create any hindrance to the opponent
- Verbal teaching is permitted solely when the participant is on the similar finish of the courtroom
- Non-verbal teaching (hand indicators) is permitted at any time
- Verbal teaching could consist of some phrases and/or quick phrases (no conversations are permitted)
- Coaches could not communicate to their participant when the participant leaves the courtroom for any purpose
- Penalties and fines will nonetheless apply for abuse or misuse of the above teaching situations