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WTA Tour Will Continue Coaching Tests

September 08, 2006|Lisa Dillman

NEW YORK — WTA Tour Chief Executive Larry Scott met with a group of American reporters Thursday, and announced several upcoming changes.

His organization experimented with on-court coaching at summer events in Montreal and New Haven, Conn., and will conduct such testing at indoor events this fall at Stuttgart, Germany, Zurich and Linz, Austria. There will be a slight tinkering with the system -- coaching will be limited to breaks between sets, and when an opponent takes a medical timeout or a bathroom break.

Also, the WTA will test no-ad scoring in doubles the week of Sept. 25-October 1 at events in Luxembourg, China and South Korea.

There are also plans to use instant replay at a tournaments in Beijing, Moscow, the season-ending Championships in Madrid and at Tier I events next year, such as Indian Wells.

-- Lisa Dillman

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