Federer against on-court coaching

Count Roger Federer among those against the idea of on-court coaching.

Updated: February 25, 2007 11:36 IST
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New York:Count Roger Federer among those against the idea of on-court coaching. The women's tour is experimenting with the rule change, using it at a US Open tuneup this month in Montreal, where coaches wore microphones so TV viewers could hear the consultations. Federer was asked about allowing coaches to help players during matches, a no-no in tournament tennis, after he opened his bid for a third consecutive US Open championship by beating Wang Yeu-tzuoo of Taiwan 6-4, 6-1, 6-0 on Wednesday. "What do you think I think? I think it's a joke," Federer said with a smile. "It's been like this forever, so why change it?" Of course, this comes from a man who managed to win three Grand Slam titles in 2004 while he was between coaches. And from someone who complained that rival Rafael Nadal was getting improper coaching help during their five-set final in Rome this year. "We don't need it," Federer said. "We will be the only sport who doesn't have it, and I think that's good about it. You don't need to be like the other sports." (AP)

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