So, it’s no secret that I hate on-court coaching. I could probably write about 5,000 words about how demeaning, inconsequential, and patronizing it is, but I’ll spare you.
Instead, I’m just going to start a series where I post videos of coaching time-outs that, in my opinion, directly contradict the “Strong is Beautiful” motto that the WTA claims to have. (I have issues with that motto too, but there will be time for that later.)
This week’s example is courtesy of Lauren Davis and her coach, who I believe is Carlos Zapata, Program Director for the Evert Academy where Lauren trains.
The 19-year-old called down Zapata when she was leading Li Na 6-4, 1-4 at the Western & Southern Open.
Here’s what happened:
(Thanks to @rabbitsblinkity for the video.)
“Stop that whining, because you’re not a little girl.”
“Stop making those faces.”
That is just not a good look for anyone.