Mexico City, June 21st, 2022.- Starting July 11th and until the end of the season (November), the ATP has announced that they will allow coaching “off court” during qualifying and main draw matches as a trial, following the example that the WTA already implemented in 2020.
Over the years, different players have been warned during games for this practice, with Stefanos Tsitsipas being the most recient player accused of receiving advice from his father and coach Apostolos Tsitsipas in some matches.
Now coaches and their players will be able to interact whenever they consider necessary during different tournaments, as a trial, of course always respecting the rules.
The Mifel Tennis Open, takes part on the second half of the ATP tour calendar, so attendees will be able to closely watch how the coaching practice works. This could mean the end of an era if after the trial period it`s decided to leave this practice permanently.
The ATP has been very clear in the conditions that it will authorize:
• Coaches must be seated in their designated área only.
• Coaching (verbal and non-verbal) is only allowed if it does not interrupt the game and does not create a distraction during the opponent’s point or turn.
• Verbal coaching is only allowed when the player is on the same side of his serve/court
• Non-verbal coaching (signs) are allowed at any given moment.
• Verbal coaching will consist of a few words and/or short phrases, full conversations or indications are not allowed at any moment.
• Coaches must not speak to their players when they abandono or leave the court for any reason.
• Sanctions or fines will be applied in case of misuse or negligence to respect.
The goal is to create some sort of intriguing moments or “on court” analysis that may fuel the fans curiosity or entertainment experience, as well as to provide players with some playing consistency.
It is worth mentioning that in previous years the tour had launched these sort of trials while coaching “on court” thru the use of headphones. Mainly on the NextGen finals, where this modality received some criticism, or non acceptance.
The accreditation for national and international media must be done through the website from June 19th, 2023 until July 17th, 2023. It´s important to mention that under no circumstances will media applications be received after the closing date.
All applications for national and international media accreditation must comply with the following requirements established by Mextenis:
Once you have pre-registered online, you will receive a confirmation email with the information (address, date & time) and details to pick up your accreditation. You will need to present an official ID.
Pre-registration does not guarantee that your application will be accepted.
Websites that are associated with any other print, television or radio media that have previously applied for accreditation may be credited proven they meet the necessary requirements.
A maximum of one (1) web journalist without a photographer may be credited. A website (imagenshop.com) will be available for downloading graphic and audiovisual content during and after the event. This material can be downloaded free of charge and will be available to all.
The applicant must submit audited traffic data of the last two years (expressed as unique IP addresses per year).
Only one (1) reporter will be credited.
A maximum of one (1) reporter, one (1) cameraman and one (1) editor may be credited.
Television networks wishing to be credited must comply with the following regulations:
Only (1) reporter and (1) photographer will be credited.
Only (1)reporter and (1) photographer will be credited.
Once the registration is correctly completed, you will receive an email notification confirming that the data was received correctly and that the application is in the process of approval.
Each application is handled on a personal basis, so there is no estimated response time for each application.
If your application is approved, you will receive an e-mail with an ONLINE PRE-REGISTRATION CODE (this code is personal and non-transferable, since it has particular accesses and must match the name of the application or applicant).
This code must be entered in a link that you will receive with your confirmation email to complete the registration process and receive your accreditation letter, which will indicate the date, place and time you will have to pick up your accreditation.
Creditations will not be issued after the date indicated.
The Press Room will be operating from Saturday, July 29th until August 5th, 90 minutes after the end of the event.
Photographers' and cameramen's badges will be handed out in the press room.
There will be a website (www.loscabostennisopen.com) for which both credited and non-credited media will have access to download content, graphic and audiovisual material before, during and after the event. The material available will be free of charge for all media.