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Nick Kyrgios takes on 145 years of training first

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Nick Kyrgios disagrees with ATP Tour’s decision to allow coaches to interact with players mid-match, a first in Grand Slam history. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)

Nick Kyrgios has torn over ATP decision to test ‘off-court coaching’ in the second half of this season, claiming it risks giving some players an unfair advantage.

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The ATP announced the coaches, who were previously barred from communicating with players during matches, will now be allowed to talk to them between points.

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Training will be allowed at the US Open, but Kyrgios was unimpressed with the announcement.

Well known for not having a coach in his traveling party, Kyrgios said the move risks taking away one of the best parts of tennis – the mind game.

The 27-year-old took to Twitter to speak out against the move, which he said could potentially disadvantage lower-ranked players without access to the resources to employ a coach.

“Completely disagree. Loses one of the only unique traits that no other sport had. Player had to figure things out on his own. That was the beauty of this one,” he posted on Twitter.

“What happens if a high-ranked player against a low-ranked player who doesn’t have or afford to have a coach?”

When the change takes effect, the US Open will mark the first grand slam in the sport’s history, dating back to Wimbledon 1877, in which coaches will be allowed to converse with players mid-match.

Patrick Mouratoglou, who helped guide Serena Williams to glory, praised the ATP for “legalizing a practice that has continued at almost every match for decades”, but Kyrgios was adamant in his opposition.

Mouratoglou was involved in the most publicized off-court coaching during the 2018 US Open final when Williams received a warning for his actions.

The retrial is due to start on July 11, the day after Wimbledon ended, where Kyrgios has reason to believe he could have his best run yet after reaching two semi-finals on grass in the space of two weeks in Stuttgart. and Halle.

Nick Kyrgios pulls out of Wimbledon warm-up with abdominal pain

Kyrgios has been in worrying form ahead of Wimbledon, advancing to the semi-finals in Stuttgart and Halle before returning to the All England Club.

Unfortunately, that hot streak hit an overnight snag after he was forced to pull out of the Mallorca championships with an abdominal injury.

The Aussie star is expected to be fit in time for Wimbledon but it’s a blow to fans who were hoping to see a fully fit Kyrgios on his favorite grass surface.

“I’m really sorry to have to withdraw from tonight’s game here in Mallorca. I’ve played a lot of great games lately and unfortunately I woke up with abdominal pain,” Kyrgios said in a statement. by organizers on Wednesday.

Nick Kyrgios faces a race against time to be fit for Wimbledon after suffering an abdominal injury this week.  (Photo by Thomas F. Starke/Getty Images)

Nick Kyrgios faces a race against time to be fit for Wimbledon after suffering an abdominal injury this week. (Photo by Thomas F. Starke/Getty Images)

“I went to see the tournament doctor straight away and he advised me not to play tonight. I’m really enjoying the Mallorca championships but I’ll take his advice because I don’t want to risk Wimbledon next week.

“I was really looking forward to tonight’s game because I loved my time here. Mallorca is such a beautiful island with really nice people.”

Javier Cerrato, the tournament doctor, said: “Nick Kyrgios is suffering from pain in his rectus abdominis on his left side due to the build up of matches over the last few weeks and the exertion of yesterday’s first round match.

“It will not allow him to return to court tonight.”

Organizers must have been disappointed that his exit also derailed the prospect of a successful quarter-final for the Australian against world No. 1 Daniil Medvedev, who earned his place in the last eight on Wednesday with a 4-6 6-3 6-2 victory over Aslan Karatsev.

With the AAP

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