Serena Williams' ex-coach details why Coco Gauff is on right track

Gauff, 19, achieved great success this year but her work ethic remains the same.

by Dzevad Mesic
Serena Williams' ex-coach details why Coco Gauff is on right track
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Serena Williams' childhood coach Rick Macci is praising Coco Gauff's work ethic as he is tipping the 19-year-old to keep trending in the right direction. After establishing herself as one of the best players in the world last year, Gauff reached another level this year as she now has a Grand Slam, a WTA 1000 and a WTA 500 title in her collection.

Also, world No 3 Gauff is now the highest-ranked American female tennis player. After concluding her 2023 season, Gauff took a short break and returned to the gym in November to kick off her preparation for the 2024 season early.

"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.

Macci thinks Gauff's forehand still needs some work

Gauff's forehand was a liability throughout the first part of the 2023 season as even some of her opponents were openly saying that their tactic was to go after the American's forehand.

After a very disappointing Wimbledon first-round loss to Sofia Kenin, Gauff hired Andre Agassi's ex-coach Brad Gilbert. During the North American hard court swing, Gauff went 18-1 and her forehand looked way better than it did in the first part of the 2023 season.

Gauff maybe won the US Open and achieved great success during the North American hard court swing but Macci thinks there is still work to be done on the American's forehand. "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.

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