Rick Macci shocks Coco Gauff: "She's not like Serena Williams"



by LORENZO CIOTTI

Rick Macci shocks Coco Gauff: "She's not like Serena Williams"
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Rick Macci, in an interview with Tennis Infinity, explained how Coco Gauff has the ability to win many more Slams, but the comparison with Serena Williams is too risky. The American former coach of Serena and Venus Williams described Gauff as the best athlete in women's tennis at the moment.

"She is faster than fast, one of the best competitors, in my opinion, the best athlete on the women's circuit. Will she win more Grand Slams? Absolutely," said the 68-year-old. The American reflected on the women's tennis landscape, explaining his point of view: "If you see Iga Swiatek get angry or suffer some kind of injury, it makes me think that the women's game is like that varied.

Because Aryba Sabalenka has the firepower, but she can also check out a little and not be present. Elena Rybakina has the serve, but she can also shoot it without precision. I think everything is very open. I think Naomi Osaka will come back to do damage.

I think Sofia Kenin will return to the court. I think everything is so uncertain, apart from Iga who has shown that she can do it, but Coco has the ability to win many Slams." On the comparison between Gauff and Serena Williams, Macci preferred to remain rather cautious. "When people say that she will be the next Serena, it seems like a leap too high.

I don't think we can get to something like that. Going back to the US Open, even though she had a great run, she won all those tournaments, she almost lost in the first round. Despite incredible pressure, she won in three sets.

People said she played badly, but I saw it differently. She then continued with other victories in three sets, and here she became US Open champion. And now the whole narrative has changed. She is a golden nugget," concluded the American coach who, in his career, in addition to having trained the Williams sisters, has worked with Maria Sharapova, Jennifer Capriati and Andy Roddick.

Coco Gauff's season

Coco Gauff had a truly amazing season, especially after Wimbledon when, during the North American hard courts Summer, she achieved the most important results of her young career. The American tennis player won her first Slam title, obtaining her first joy in a major right in front of the US Open crowd, as well as three other titles in Auckland, Washington and Cincinnati.

Coco also reached 3rd position in the WTA rankings, finally ending the year in the semifinals at the WTA Finals in Cancun.

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