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 of national and international media must be carried out through the website
starting July 5ht until the 26th 2022. Under no circumstances media applications will be received
after the mentioned date, no exceptions allowed.
All aplications for national and international media must meet the following requirements by Mextenis:
Once you have pre-registered online, you will receive an email confirmation with the information (address, schedules & days) and any other information to collect your accreditation. You must present an official identification (ID) (Passport, Driver´s licence, other) to pick up.
Any websites associated with any other print media, television or radio that had previously requested an accreditation, may be approved as long as they meet the necessary requirements.
A maximum of one (1) web journalist without a photographer may be accredited. The website (imagenshop.com) will be avialable, where you may have access to download any graphic and audiovisual content, during and after the event. This material can be downloaded for free and will be available for all.
The applicant must present the last 2 years of audited traffic data (identified as unique IP addresses per year).
Only one (1) reporter will be credited.
All television networks that wish to be credited must follow these rules:
Only (1) reporter and (1) photographer will be credited.
Only (1)reporter and (1) photographer will be credited.
Once your registration is successfully completed, you will receive a confirmation email statting that all the aplication and data was correctly collected and is on the approval process.
Each application is managed personally, so there is no estimated time for the response to each of them.
If your application is approved, you will receive an email with a PRE-REGISTRATION CODE (this code is personal and non-transferable), it has a particular access and must match with the name of the application.
This code must be entered into the link that you will receive with your confirmation email to be able to finish the registration process and thus receive your letter of approved accreditation, indicating the date, place and schedule in which you will have to collect your accreditation.
Accreditations will not be delivered outside the indicated date. You must be on time. A strict control is taking place.
The Press Room will be operating from Saturday, July 30th from 11:00 a.m. until August 6th, (90
minutes after the closure of the event).
Inside the press room, the jackets /vests for photographers and Cameramen or crew will be given away.
There will be a website available (www.abiertoloscabos.com) for both credited media as non-credited to be able to download content, graphic and audiovisual material before, during and after the event. All available material will be free for all media.