Photo: Coco Gauff practices with American male player ahead of new season

Gauff continues her preparations for the 2024 season.

by Dzevad Mesic
Photo: Coco Gauff practices with American male player ahead of new season
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Coco Gauff continues her preparations for the 2024 season as the reigning US Open champion had "a great practice" with American male tennis player Stefan Kozlov. Earlier this month, it was revealed that Gauff practiced with Kozlov at her Florida home.

That wasn't the only offseason practice the two conducted this month as Gauff's coach Brad Gilbert took to X to share that they had another great practice session. "Great practice again with Koz @stefankozlov morning grind," Gilbert wrote on X.

Gauff's praised for her work ethic

Gauff, who is currently the highest-ranked American female tennis player, was recently praised by Serena Williams' childhood coach Rick Macci.

According to Macci, Macci has a guaranteed bright future because she is a hard worker and constantly works on her game. "But the one thing I love about Coco Gauff, she's a worker, no days off, she's going to get better. And let's face it, the big ticket items in women's tennis, mobility and firepower off the ground.

So, I think Coco will keep getting better, but, as we know in life, so is everybody else. And there's new people on the block, and there's new people coming in," Macci told Tennis-Infinity. Meanwhile, another Williams' former coach - Patrick Mouratoglou - thinks Gauff will be an even bigger Slam threat in 2023 after winning her first Slam this year.

“You have Coco, being now a Grand Slam winner, you can feel that she has more confidence in her game and her ability to win majors. So this is going to be exciting. And of course, I don't forget all the other ones, Swiatek, Sabalenka, Rybakina, who dominated last year until Coco really came out.

So they will be there too. There's going to be a great competition between amazing players. I think it’s going to bring a lot of more excitement in women's tennis next year," Mouratoglou told Eurosport.

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