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Tennis: Federer no fan of on-court coaching

Published on Mar 14, 2014 3:54 PM
 
Roger Federer of Switzerland returns a shot to Kevin Anderson of South Africa during the BNP Parabas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, on March 13, 2014, in Indian Wells, California. Federer, something of a tennis purist, hopes the innovation of on-court coaching adopted on the WTA Tour does not come to men's tennis. -- PHOTO: AFP

INDIAN WELLS (AFP) - Roger Federer, something of a tennis purist, hopes the innovation of on-court coaching adopted on the WTA Tour does not come to men's tennis.

"If it does happen, it's hopefully after I'm done playing," the 17-time Grand Slam champion said on Thursday after booking his semi-final berth at Indian Wells, where the ATP Masters tournament is combined with a WTA event.

"I really don't think it's necessary. I don't think it's fair maybe, because not everybody can afford a coach...it's just not right."

The WTA has allowed limited on-court coaching since 2009, with players able to call for their coaches at one changeover per set, and between sets.

 
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