“Big Influence on My Mentality”: Coco Gauff on Taking Guidance From Roger Federer

Published 07/04/2021, 6:00 AM EDT


With the first week of the 2021 Wimbledon Championships done and dusted, tennis fans have witnessed a few upsets and handful of cheerful results as well. American teenager Coco Gauff has advanced into the second week for the second time in her career. 

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Talking about her relationship with Roger Federer, Coco revealed that does seek guidance from him time to time and that he also plays a big role in influencing her mentality.

Playing the match prior to the Swiss ace’s, Gauff revealed that she considers herself to be an opening act.

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Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 1, 2021 Coco Gauff of the U.S. in action during her second round match against Russia’s Elena Vesnina REUTERS/Paul Childs

The 17-year-old stated, “You know how at concerts, they have a big artist, then a smaller artist comes before them?” she said. “That’s what I kind of like to think of it as. It’s pretty cool. Roger definitely has a big influence on my mentality on and off the court.

“He’s always someone that I can go and talk to if I need advice.”

Coco Gauff into the second week at the All England Club

After winning her match yesterday, Gauff has made it to the fourth round for the second time. She will be facing former champion, Angelique Kerber, in her next match. It will be a tough fight, and the competition will only get tougher with each round passing by. 

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Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 3, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer in action during his third round match against Britain’s Cameron Norrie REUTERS/Toby Melville

On the other side, Federer, too, made it to the second week of the Wimbledon Championships 2021. He has had a rough period over the past 18 months and it will be a positive sign if he can go deep into this tournament. The 39-year-old will be up against Italian player Lorenzo Sonego. 

All eyes will be on the youngster and the veteran when they step on the court for their upcoming matches. It will be interesting to see how these two talented athletes perform in the next round. 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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