Andy Roddick, Jim Courier weigh in on Cori Gauff's French Open chances
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American tennis legends Jim Courier and Andy Roddick are rooting for Cori Gauff to make a strong French Open run. Gauff, 19, made her first Grand Slam final at the French Open last year before losing to Iga Swiatek. Going into this year's French Open, Gauff's preparation hasn't been the greatest since she has picked up a couple of early exits and a 3-3 record on clay.
However, Gauff has been enjoying success in doubles this clay season, making back-to-back finals with Jessica Pegula in Madrid and Rome. “I feel Coco deserves to be in that discussion, given her run there last year.
Obviously, she’s having some difficulties in that singles court right now that, hopefully, she can solve in Paris," Courier said on Tennis Channel. Roddick added: “The doubles court has been a safe harbor for her to keep confidence.
Hopefully, that will give her another good run in Paris."
Courier, Roddick rooting for Gauff at the French Open
Before the start of the clay season, Gauff acknowledged her expectations were high as the American said she was hoping to "have an even better clay season than last year.
"I definitely think the game does simplify a little bit. I have a clearer picture of how I want to play on that surface. I definitely think physically, usually, those are the players that are doing well on clay, so I think that's why it suits me a lot.
Taking in what I've done on the hard court season, I think, will help me into the clay season because last year, I didn't have a great start, and that clay season turned it around. Even though this tournament didn't go how I wanted, I would say I had a decent start to the year.
I'm hoping I can have an even better clay season than last year," Gauff said. It remains to be seen if Gauff can find her game at the French Open and make another deep run.