About that no-coaching rule in Grand Slam tennis: Let’s change it

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NEW YORK — We get it. Tennis is a sport of individuals, and one of its most prized features is the rule that prohibits coaching during Grand Slam and ATP Tour matches.

But there’s also this: The game is now played for very high stakes by individuals who have entire teams who not only support them, but are always in evidence courtside. Trying to police illicit coaching is difficult and highly subjective, an invitation to disaster. That much was evident after the outsize role a coaching violation played in Serena Williams‘ loss to Naomi Osaka on Saturday in the US Open final.

Which is why it’s time for tennis to take a good, long look at the rules governing coaching.

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