Serena Williams' ex-coach makes prediction about Coco Gauff, Naomi Osaka

Coach Patrick Mouratoglou shares thoughts on Gauff becoming a Slam champion.

by Dzevad Mesic
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Serena Williams' ex-coach makes prediction about Coco Gauff, Naomi Osaka
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Coach Patrick Mouratoglou believes Coco Gauff is now officially a star and he thinks the 2023 US Open champion and Naomi Osaka could form the next great rivalry in women's tennis starting in 2024. Gauff, 19, landed her first Grand Slam title at this past US Open and she is now also enjoying a career-high ranking of No 3 in the world.

This summer on hard courts, Gauff elevated her game to another level and won her first WTA 1000 and Grand Slam titles. At the start of the 2024 season, four-time Grand Slam champion Osaka is returning to tennis after giving birth.

Osaka, 25, has highlighted several times that she wants to do major things when she returns and coach Mouratoglou believes the Japanese and Gauff could form the next major rivalry.

Coco Gauff and Naomi Osaka© Getty Images Sport - Carmen Mandato

Mouratoglou: A Gauff-Osaka rivalry can be exciting

"I think she is a star.

To fully be a star she needed to be a Grand Slam champion, now she is. I think she can win many more. And she is definitely so exciting to watch. She has so much charisma, energy, positivity. I think she has everything to become a big star and bring people to come and watch WTA.

I think she is a star. To fully be a star she needed to be a Grand Slam champion, now she is. I think she can win many more. And she is definitely so exciting to watch. She has so much charisma, energy, positivity. I think she has everything to become a big star and bring people to come and watch WTA.

I'm very happy that Naomi Osaka is coming back next year. I think she's also great for tennis and the rivalry between the two can be exciting," Mouratoglou said of Gauff in a video uploaded on his Instagram.

Gauff and Osaka have played four times and the head-to-head between them stands at 2-2.

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