Should tennis allow on-court coaching at all tournaments?
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Should tennis allow on-court coaching at all tournaments?

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Serena Williams was penalized for receiving coaching at the U.S. Open and assessed a game penalty for verbal abuse arguing against it. Some feel tennis should allow in-match coaching in all of its tournaments because getting the best out each athlete is paramount. However, one of the draws of the sport is whatever happens on the court is a product of the competitor’s brilliance and fortitude alone, not any coach. What do you think? 🎾

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On-court coaching would be great for tennis. Coaches bring the best of out of a player, and if fans get the best of each player, there will be more exciting matches.

The athletes show emotion on the court, but fans don't really get a true sense of their personality. If coaching were allowed on the court, we could really see how fiery these competitors are on the court. Are they silent? Are they angry? Do they crack jokes in tight spots? All things fans would find out in the heat of battle.

Huge organizations like the Women's Tennis Association support on-court coaching in the wake of the Serena William dispute:

We also think the issue of coaching needs to be addressed and should be allowed across the sport. The WTA supports coaching through its on-court coaching rule, but further review is needed.

Solitude is one of the best aspects of tennis. Players are all alone on the court. There is no safety net. It is only you and your opponent giving it everything you got for a shot at victory. 

In-match coaching would add an unnecessary element that would eliminate that solitude, and put some matches in the hands of coaches rather than the players. When there is a result in tennis, there is no doubt the victory or defeat can all be accredited to the player. Add in on-court coaching, and now fans don't know who to credit. On-court coaching would be more trouble than it's worth.

When one of the greatest players ever speaks, people should listen:

You can look over to your coach for comfort and support, but other than that, I think tennis should be one of those unique sports where you don't get coaching.
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