US Open boss backs Coco Gauff to be Serena Williams and Venus Williams' successor

Gauff looks like someone who is ready to lead American women's tennis for many years.

by Dzevad Mesic
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US Open boss backs Coco Gauff to be Serena Williams and Venus Williams' successor
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US Open tournament director Stacey Allaster thinks "special" Coco Gauff is definitely looking like someone who can follow in the footsteps of Serena and Venus Williams and lead American women's tennis for many years. Gauff, 19, landed her first Grand Slam title at this year's US Open and now she is the top-ranked American female tennis player.

Before the start of the US Open, some thought that Gauff winning the US Open exactly a year after Serena's retirement would be a great story. Exactly that happened as Gauff became the first American teenager to win the US Open since Serena in 1999.

Also, it was the first Grand Slam title for American women's tennis since Sofia Kenin won the 2020 Australian Open. "The next generation has arrived and stood on the shoulders of the great Serena Williams and Venus Williams.

It feels like she's been around for a long time. She's only 19... She is special. She is humble and kind, she's hardworking. And she is very, very focused on winning," US Open tournament director Allaster told Reuters.

US Open TD backs Gauff to follow in the footsteps of Serena & Venus Williams

Now that Gauff is a Grand Slam champion and the top-ranked American female tennis player, there will be a great spotlight on the 19-year-old.

Gauff's first major tournament since becoming a Grand Slam champion is the WTA Finals. On Friday, Gauff learned she would be sharing the Chetumal Group with Iga Swiatek, Ons Jabeur, and Marketa Vondrousova. Considering her form over the last few months, Gauff is definitely considered among the top favorites for the title.

"I am looking forward to seeing how Coco performs with, you know, a greater spotlight on her. She's had a spotlight on her for a long time. This is a marathon. It's not a sprint. We have seen her resilience," Allaster said. In her first match at the WTA Finals, Gauff will be playing against Jabeur.

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