Maria Sharapova reveals why Coco Gauff can transcend tennis

20 years after her historic triumph at Wimbledon, the Russian returned to the All England Club, where she also spoke about the young American

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Maria Sharapova reveals why Coco Gauff can transcend tennis
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Maria Sharapova was one of the stars who were present in the crowd (ine her case at the Royal Box) at Wimbledon. The Russian, who conquered the Championships in 2004 at the age of 17, beating Serena Williams in the final, treated herself to a few days in London with her family and, on the occasion, returned to the laws (and the stands) of the most famous tennis club in the world.

Sharapova shared on Instagram some snapshots in which she and her young son Theodore were on the Centre Court of the All England Club, showing her son his name on the famous Wimbledon champions wall before watching the Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, the reigning Wimbledon champion, practice. Maria also met her countrywomen Elena Vesnina (back on the court after her second pregnancy) and Mirra Andreeva.

Twenty years after her legendary Wimbledon victory, Sharapova was interviewed by Tennis Channel, talking about, among other topics, the rise of the young American Coco Gauff.

"I think Coco has a voice and a platform that will transcend sports. As we know now, tennis is not just sport: it's fashion, it's art, it's culture, it's having a platform, and I think she does that. She was the brilliant ability to bring all of those elements together. I was waiting for Coco to get there. So, I remember going to the first round of her match, which was tough at the US Open, and then I went home and thought about coming back and just wanting to see her win because I think she has such an incredible head on her shoulders," she said.

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