Five-time ATP champion Lucas Pouille has suggested that players should be more allowed to express themselves on the court and not be fined in the process of doing so. Tennis has strict rules when it comes to on-court behavior as using the words of profanity or smashing rackets will always be sanctioned on the court.
Also, there is a chance a player will receive a money fine afterward — or even be banned — depending on how big his actions were. “The public wants things to happen. They love it when Nick (Kyrgios) puts on his show or when Benoit (Paire) screams ‘la ‘chatte’ (laughs).
We must stop issuing fines. We are human beings and people will relate more to is if we are not robots,” Pouille told L’Equipe. “Take the (NBA) as an example. It is a great show and it appeals to the whole world. I don’t think needs to reinvent the rules, let’s respect tennis history.
But we can reinvent what is happening on the court.”
Lucas Pouille thinks players should be granted freedom of expression when on court. Letting players display their emotions would allow the public to identify more with the game— this, and not changing scoring format, is the way to expand tennis’ appeal.
(from his itw w/ L’Equipe) pic.twitter.com/txf19cYvW4 — Oleg S.
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Pouille, a former world No. 10, suffered a setback at the beginning of this season as an elbow injury forced him to miss the first two months of the season. The Frenchman kicked off his season in March as he lost his opener at the Indian Wells Challenger just days before the Tour got suspended.