Former World No. 1 doubles player and 17-time Grand Slam doubles champ Gigi Fernandez says that she would pick Serena Williams and Coco Gauff as players from the current tour she would like to play with during an online interview with the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
During the interview, Fernandez was asked from the active group of WTA starts for whom she'd like to play doubles with. "Other than being obvious and saying Serena, I would say Coco Gauff. I think she has true talent and true potential.
"She's a pretty smart doubles player, and she could probably use some help from someone who's been there and done that to help her get to the next level and win some Grand Slams in doubles, which I think she will some day."
Fernandez was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2010 for her stellar doubles career, besides also being a Top 20 player in singles. During the current lockdown, she has been spending more time at home with her family, which she says she is enjoying.
"I had a camp with Martina Navratilova that was supposed to be last week, and we had to postpone that until October. "I'm actually enjoying being home and not being so much on the go. It's not like I couldn't be home before, but I always felt like I had to go to work, to travel, to do my camps and clinics and all that.
I'm actually enjoying the hiatus, believe it or not." The 56 year old Fernandez also recalled her successful doubles partnership with Natasha Zvereva, with whom she won 14 of her 17 Grand Slam doubles titles. "Natasha Zvereva and I got together in 1992...
and we went on this amazing run. When it was going on, it seemed kind of normal, but now you understand that it's highly unusual. It was a pretty unique and a pretty special partnership that we had."