Tennis star Caroline Wozniacki has weighed into the controversial debate sparked by Serena Williams’ dramatic US Open final defeat.
The sporting world was left stunned in September when Williams was slapped with three code violations against Naomi Osaka, prompting some of the most extraordinary scenes ever witnessed at a grand slam tournament.
Central to the drama was Williams’ insistence that she did not cheat by receiving instructions from her coach – an incident that saw the American label chair umpire Carlos Ramos “a thief.”
In the aftermath to the chaotic decider, the 23-time grand slam champion’s coach Patrick Mouratoglou called for on-court coaching to be allowed at all events.
Currently it is banned in Grand Slams but allowed in WTA events.
The issue has been in the spotlight since Williams’ now infamous capitulation against Naomi Osaka.
Mouratoglou insists that coaching goes on all the time at tournaments and to believe otherwise is “hypocrisy”.
Wozniacki has now echoed the Frenchman’s thought and pushed forward the idea for on-court coaching to be legalised across the board.
“I think basically all sports have on-court coaching or have coaching, so I don’t see why not in tennis,” she told reporters in Singapore on Tuesday.
The Australian Open champion said her father’s on-court tutelage was invaluable.
“I just try and get the information that he feels I may need,” she said.
“That’s why I don’t really talk much. I just kind of absorb. And then I have my own opinion, as well.
“If he says something that I think I can use, then I use it. If I think that he says something that I don’t agree with, then I just do my own thing.”
Unlike other turbulent coaching partnerships between parent and child, Wozniacki said she worked well with her father.
“I think the fact that he’s respected me since I was a kid and respected my opinions and he could see that I could really hold my own, as well, I think has made our relationship this strong,” she said.
Wozniacki breathed life into her WTA Finals title defence with a three-set victory over Petra Kvitova and will look to book a spot in the semi-finals when she plays in-form Elina Svitolina on Thursday.