Nick Kyrgios slams ATP and Patrick Mouratoglou for coaching news
The ATP will test off-court coaching from the week commencing July 11 with players allowed to receive instructions in qualifying and main draw matches in tournaments - such as the US Open - and will finish at the conclusion of the ATP Tour finals in November.
Kyrgios has vocally opposed the rule change and believes tennis is being stripped of a "unique trait". He said:
Mouratoglou and Woodbridge erupt into argument after ATP off-court coaching trial announced
"Completely disagree. Loses one of the only unique traits that no other sport had. The player had to figure out things on his own. That was the beauty of it. What happens if a high-profile player versus a low-ranked player who doesn't have or [cannot] afford a coach?"
Kyrgios made the comments in response to Mouratoglou who praised the decision as it would remove all the hypocrisy behind coaching in tennis. There are many polarizing views coming out about this decision but the overwhelming sentiment seems to be that it might stick in the future as many younger players are openly for it.