Serena Williams ex-coach issues big prediction on Coco Gauff's future rise

Gauff backed to continue improving and getting better.

by Dzevad Mesic
Serena Williams ex-coach issues big prediction on Coco Gauff's future rise
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Serena Williams' ex-coach Rick Macci is backing "hard worker" Coco Gauff to continue her tennis rise. After establishing herself as one of the best players in the game last year, Gauff took it a step further this year and won her first Grand Slam title at the US Open.

Gauff, who is now ranked at No 3 in the world and the top-ranked player in American women's tennis, made it perfectly clear after the US Open that she was hungry for far more success. Gauff, who will be celebrating her 20th birthday in March, is still very young and undoubtedly has room for improvement.

"But the one thing I love about Coco Gauff, she's a worker, no days off, she's going to get better. And let's face it, the big ticket items in women's tennis, mobility and firepower off the ground. So, I think Coco will keep getting better, but, as we know in life, so is everybody else.

And there's new people on the block, and there's new people coming in," Macci told Tennis-Infinity. Gauff's forehand was a liability in the first half of the 2023 season but the American did much better with the shot in the second half of the season. "I feel there has to be some surgery on the forehand.

I just think the way that she does the forehand, it's not rock solid like some of the other girls," Macci said.

Macci: Gauff the best female athlete on the WTA Tour

Gauff's athletic abilities have been well-documented as the 19-year-old can pretty much get to any ball on the court and her movement is also outstanding.

“Coco, the best female athlete on the tour. She’s an Olympic sprinter with a racket in her hand," Macci said on the Match Point Canada. Macci, who worked with Williams in her childhood, refused to call Gauff "the new Serena" but said he believes the 19-year-old will win multiple Grand Slams. "So, she’s not Serena, but she can win some Grand Slams,” Macci said on the same podcast.

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