With the start of the US Open 2019 approaching, the indelible image from last year's tournament does not include a particularly remarkable shot or trophy-winning champion.
Instead, it is and is likely to remain forever, Serena Williams pointing her index finger at the judge's chair, Carlos Ramos, while insisting that he owes her an apology after they clashed during the women's finals.
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Almost 12 months later, with the first round game starting on Monday at Flushing Meadows, the aftermath of this 1 hour, 19-minute race is still reflected, including this: Ramos will not be official matches featuring Serina Williams or her older sister Venus.
"We have decided that there are over 900 other games and Carlos for 2019 will not be in the Williams Sisters' game chair," American Tennis Association Executive Director Stacey Alaster said in a telephone interview. "We want the competition's attention to be on the athletes. "
Among the key storylines they carry: Serena Williams, also a Wimbledon runner for the past two years, has been trying to equal Margaret Court's mark for most major single championships. Osaka, who added her second helmet title of the Open Championship of Australia in January, returning to New York with the No. 1 rank – and dealing with knee discomfort that forced her to withdraw from a tuning tournament last week.
Moreover, the tennis world is filled with continuous discussions and debates on issues such as the proper role of the presiding judges, how the code of conduct is to be drawn up, and, perhaps most of all, whether training in the match should be allowed everywhere.
they see it as the USTA itself – which has been lobbying, to no avail, oras who manage other specialties to approve coaching – or Williams coach Patrick Muratoglu, who acknowledged immediately after last year's final that he was trying to communicate with his player and also correctly noted that mysterious coaching is ongoing and counter-continuous. .
says Alastair: "I understand that it is polarizing, but in the end we have to look at how tennis competes and matters. … Access is a key part of it; engaging with fans who want to hear from players and coaches. "
says to Mouratoglou:" I have never understood why tennis is just the only sport in which coaching is not allowed during matches. "
There are others, i.e. such as Roger Federer or the person in charge of Wimbledon, who think this is contrary to the substance of the game.
Says Federer: "I think we should not practice tennis. … This actually makes our sport unique. "
Says All Lewis Club Executive Chairman Richard Lewis:" Most of the men said they were against it. Many coaches said they were against it. There are many people – Wimbledon, as many who think tennis is very special because it is a gladiator race. … You are alone. "
This is a topic that hangs over the last major season for the season, even if there are two performance issues over the two weeks of the hard court tournament:
How healthy is Williams, who withdrew two events because of spasms can Osaka make another deep run? Wimbledon champion Simona Halep will go through the semifinals of the only helmet where she isn't? How can 15-year-old Coco Gauf follow her run to Wimbledon? Can Federer defending champion New Djokovic or Rafael Nadal, make 12 basic for
However, none of this is met with the greater importance of a possible change in the rules. While things stand, there is nothing consistent in coaching, reflecting the situation
"I want (men and women) to have coaching," said Sam Querry, Wimbledon semifinalist in 2017, "and you will talk to your coach whenever you wish. "
Grand Slam tournaments do not allow coaching, for men or women, in basic equality matches, although the US Open starts trying it for qualifications and adolescents in 2017.
The International Tennis Federation allows it for matches Davis Cup and Fed Cup even allows coaches to sit on the court.
ATP does not allow tournaments in the men's professional circuit.
Yet the WTA allows coaches to go outside the stands to speak to players during of change, something that was introduced more than a decade ago – when Alas ur was CEO of the tour for women.
"Or it everywhere or nowhere," 2016 US Open runner-up Carolina Pliskov said, "but I prefer nowhere."