Wimbledon sensation Christopher Eubanks says "greatness knows no gender" as he reveals he is drawing inspiration from the likes of Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, Cori Gauff and Kim Clijsters. Eubanks, 27, had a chance to spend time with the great Williams and Clijsters, as well as with some of the biggest names in today's tennis - Osaka and Gauff.
This summer, Eubanks made his big breakthrough on the biggest level, winning his first ATP title in Mallorca and then making his first Grand Slam quarterfinal at Wimbledon. After stunning Stefanos Tsitsipas at Wimbledon, Eubanks revealed it was Osaka and Gauff who were telling him the whole time he had the game to compete at the highest level.
Eubanks praises Williams, Osaka, Gauff & Clijsters
"I think greatness knows no gender, and one of the things I have from my time around Naomi (Osaka), Serena (Williams), Coco (Gauff), Kim (Clijsters), some of the greatest tennis players.
Yes, obviously, Coco doesn't have a slam, the jury is still out on her career. What she accomplishes. At the very least, she has been top 5 in singles, Grand Slam finalist, No. 1 in doubles, So I'm gonna lump her in when I say some of the greatest tennis players to play in the past 20 years.
Their mentality is one of the craziest things that I found to be so, so different, and I can see there is a common theme, a common trend amongst really all of them. I think Coco has it at such a young age is really impressive, but her competitiveness, hating to lose, and the mindset that they have, like going into a slam.
They don't step foot on the court if they don't think and know they can win or going to win. I can't say that every time I step foot on the court, I know I'm going to win, but I think the more time I spend around them and see that that's how you have to be the more it's been easier to incorporate that into my mentality," Eubanks said on Behind the Racquet podcast, via Sportskeeda. This week, Eubanks is competing in his first tournament since Wimbledon at the Atlanta Open.
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