Toni Nadal is applauding Coco Gauff for proving her doubters wrong and also showing that she has an incredibly mature perspective for a 19-year-old girl. At this past US Open, Gauff lifted her first Grand Slam title and became the first American teenager since Serena Williams in 1999 to win the US Open.
Moments after winning the US Open, Gauff sent a special message to her doubters and those who were claiming she was "just a hype." "At the age of 15 she became the youngest player in history to reach the fourth round of Wimbledon.
From that moment on, she had to endure the pressure, comparisons and comments of some experts who said that, despite her very young age, she had already reached her peak. I'm glad that, with tenacity, work and great education, last Saturday she managed to prove them wrong.
I don't know her personally, but seeing her celebration full of emotion, she seems to me a very sensible athlete," Toni Nadal told Diario AS.
Toni Nadal praises Gauff's maturity
At the US Open, Gauff was asked if she felt the weight of pressure that were placed on her at the US Open.
Answering the question, Gauff said that "tennis pressure is not real pressure." Instead, Gauff said not knowing where your next meal is going to come from or how you are going to pay your bills is the real pressure. "I also found her statements at the press conference following her triumph very remarkable, in which she downplayed the pressure she was under.
She admitted that, of course, she feels it and that normal nerves come with it, but she added that she is aware of her privileged situation and how lucky she is to be able to successfully dedicate herself to what she loves so much, unlike so many people who struggle to pay their bills or make ends meet.
Another sign of common sense and good perspective, despite her young age," Toni Nadal said of Gauff's maturity.
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