Women’s tennis tour opens program to attract female coaches

Maria Sakkari of Greece serves to Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus during round robin play on day three of the WTA Finals tennis tournament in Fort Worth, Texas on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022. Sakkari won 6-2, 6- 4.Tim Heitman/AP

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The Women’s Professional Tennis Tour is launching a program it hopes will lead to more female coaches in the sport.

The WTA Tour Coach Inclusion Program, which was unveiled on Thursday, consists of three phases: an off-season training week with the players in December; a 10-week online certification course; follow a coach and a player during a tournament.

WTA CEO Steve Simon called it a step towards “diversifying and expanding” the coaching pool for women’s tennis.

There are currently five women who are private coaches employed by singles players ranked in the top 150, according to the WTA. This does not include women employed by National Federations who may work with multiple athletes and primarily oversee player development.

The Florida-based tour said the coaching program is open to applicants based in North America. Participants will be chosen by a committee.


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