World number one Novak Djokovic has admitted that players do find a way to bend the rules to their advantage but denied flouting the game’s rules by receiving illegal coaching during his matches.
ATP rules specifically forbid communication “of any kind, audible or visible, between a player and a coach” but Djokovic was quick to defend himself against allegations of cheating, according to a CNN report. “I don’t think that’s how you can call it,” he told reporters.
“I mean, there are special ways of, I would say, communication. The way you look at each other, the way you ‘feel’ your box, and box ‘feels’ what you’re going through on the court.
The 28-year-old Djokovic revealed however that there were more subtle ways for coaches to get their message across. “We can’t pretend like that’s not happening in tennis.”