Andy Roddick called Brad Gilbert "a genius" and praised his former coach for the job he has been doing with Cori Gauff this summer. Gauff, who showed up with Gilbert on the practice court in Washington, has been looking great on hard courts so far this summer.
After winning Washington and making the Montreal quarterfinal, Gauff also reached the Cincinnati final. Gilbert, who coached Roddick and famously Andre Agassi, is widely credited for Gauff's great summer on hard courts. Roddick, the 2003 US Open champion, thinks Gilbert can absolutely help Gauff elevate her game to a new level.
Roddick speaks highly of Gilbert, his work with Gauff
"Brad is a genius at taking very complex things and simplifying them. We’re going to focus on these two things out of the gate and we’re going to do it all practice right.
Then those things are covered, three days later we’re going to add in something else. He’s very good at layering in information and simplifying gameplay. He’s a master strategist, there’ll be no shot that any one of the opponents is going to hit, there's one they hit sometimes and one they hit under pressure, he’s very good at finding the differentiators between those two because they’re not always the same.
Her being able to get in and coming into the net, I feel like she’s making those decisions before she’s actually hitting an approach shot. There’s a sense of commitment to it all. Sticking the forehand cross court, taking big swings on the backhand, mixing up pace up the line, I just couldn’t love what I’m seeing from Coco Gauff more right now," Roddick said on Tennis Channel.
Gauff has had a strong preparation for the US Open and there is no doubt that the 19-year-old American will be looking to become a Grand Slam champion at Flushing Meadows.