I’ve always maintained that courtside coaching in tennis was a spectacularly bad idea. It has offended me at a lot of levels. For a start, I do not believe that all sports are created equal. An idea that may work well in one sport (such as mid-game coaching during a basketball match), simply may not translate well into another. Can you imagine a pair of figure skaters interrupting their routine to ask the coach if they should do a triple flip? Can a diver pause mid-dive to ask his coach if his feet are perfectly aligned?
So when women’s tennis grabbed hold of the lame-brained idea of allowing courtside coaching, I honestly hoped that it was just a matter of time before it blew up in Billy Jean King’s face. Apparently courtside coaching was her brain fart, intended to lend excitement to tennis coverage on TV.
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