Serena Williams' childhood coach predicts bright future for Cori Gauff

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Serena Williams' childhood coach predicts bright future for Cori Gauff

Coach Rick Macci says there is no doubt that Cori Gauff will become a Grand Slam champion. Gauff, who turned 18 in March, reached her first Grand Slam final at the French Open before losing to Iga Swiatek in straight sets.

After a strong French Open run, Gauff didn't particularly impress at Wimbledon, having lost in the third round. Macci, the childhood coach of Serena and Venus Williams, says Gauff will only get better and he is confident the American can win at least a few Grand Slams.

Macci: Gauff is going to win some Grand Slams

"I know Coco and her father, we’re all in Florida. She is the best pure athlete running on the WTA Tour. What that means is when you're nervous, you can still play offense and defense.

She can run, she's a track star that has a tennis racket in her hand reminds me a lot of Venus as far as the strides and the running goes," Macci told Tennis-Infinity. "Forehand can be a little suspect, serve can kind of go off a little bit.

Coco is going to win some Grand Slams there's no doubt about it. She's only 18, she’s gonna get better. But to dominate the game, I would like to see her play closer to the baseline, dictate, cut the court, take the ball early, hit the ball cleaner.

She counter punches a lot and that's a tougher way to make a living and to become a champion." One of Gauff's top goals for this season is to win her first Grand Slam title. Gauff's final of chance of winning a Grand Slam this year will be at the US Open.

Gauff is enjoying a good season and she will certainly be extremely motivated to do well in front of her home fans at Flushing Meadows. Gauff suffered a disappointing US Open second round loss last year and that's one of the reasons why she will be motivated to do well at the tournament this year.