Stefanos Tsitsipas disagrees with Roger Federer and pushes for major tennis reform

Stefanos Tsitsipas is one of the rare top tennis players pushing for a major reform in tennis regarding on-court coaching.

The Greek tennis player has a very tight bond with his father and longtime coach Apostolos Tsitsipas and the duo have caused quite a bit of controversy over the years on the Tour. Tsitsipas was fined numerous times for coaching as his father does not mind doing a fair share of obvious coaching from the stands which is not allowed.

Tsitsipas has spoke on the matter several times and recently has been pushing the narrative more and more. He said:

“What's the point of having a coach with you if you can't get the whole benefit out of it? There should be certain regulations and certain ways to enhance it into players' performance without it becoming too much."

That is a fair point but not many tennis players share that view, especially the older ones. Chief among them is Roger Federer who is a vocal opponent of on-court coaching. The Swiss ace does not speak on the matter often but at the 2019 Wimbledon he made his stance clear:

“In my opinion, we shouldn’t have coaching in tennis. I’m a big believer in that. I know some people are completely on my side. Some people are, Why not? Every other sport has it. I guess you can see both angles."

Federer further clarified his stance by saying:

“I think the player gets his advice (before the match) then it’s how much can he remember, how much can he deal with in the moment, figure it out yourself a little bit. I’m against on-court coaching in any shape or form except for rain delays, whatever you call it, when it gets too late, gets carried over to the next day."

What do you think, who has a better point, Tsitsipas or Federer, tell us below.


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