"Coco Gauff’s tennis is already big", says famous coach

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"Coco Gauff’s tennis is already big", says famous coach

Despite his young age, in 2019 Coco Gauff won her first three WTA tournaments at fifteen: two in doubles with his compatriot Caty McNally and one in singles, in Linz, beating Jeļena Ostapenko in the final. This latest success allowed her to become the ninth youngest tennis player of the Open Age to win a trophy and to enter the top hundred tennis players in the world, precisely at the 71st position of the WTA ranking.

“Coco’s tennis is already big,” Patrick Mouratoglou said. “She has a lot of things to her game; a big serve, unbelievable backhand, she does a lot of things. She is able to come to the net. When it is a pressure point, she is able to go for it.

She will also play a return volley to put pressure on her opponents. She already understands a lot of things in tennis, but still it is not enough. There is still some space for her opponents to win the points. Definitely there is still room for improvement.

Her maturity is incredible at 16. That’s what stands out most for me. The ways she handles matches, it’s unique. But she is still only 16 and, when you are only 16, you still have so many things you need to improve, which is great."

“I can see Coco getting to a final and winning a Grand Slam,” he added, “and I feel she is not that far away. The [defeat] against Sofia Kenin in Melbourne showed Coco needs to improve yet. Of course she does.

She still plays at an incredible level and the self-belief she has is so strong that she can surprise and maybe win a Grand Slam. [But] the players she has beaten in the Slams – Venus Williams, Naomi Osaka – and making the second week of a slam again after making the second week at Wimbledon, at that age, having so much to improve, it says so much about her as a person”.