“I’d Rather Play Back to Back Slams Than No Slams” – Coco Gauff

Published 03/20/2020, 2:40 AM EDT


The French Open 2020 was postponed by four months due to the coronavirus pandemic. The new dates fall just one week after the US Open 2020. However, rising star Coco Gauff still remains typically upbeat and pragmatic to play two back to back Grand Slams.

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The French Tennis Federation took a unilateral decision to reschedule the tournament from May 18 – June 7 to September 20 – October 4. The tournament will not only follow a mere week after the conclusion of the 2020 US Open but will also clash directly with many hard court events including the Laver Cup. Furthermore, the quick transition from hard courts and clay courts would also be difficult for the players.

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“It’s not ideal”: Coco Gauff

American tennis sensation Coco Gauff caught the attention of the tennis world ever since she burst onto the WTA Tour. She continued to impress everyone with her all-round performance at the major tournaments.

She made headlines by beating Venus Williams in the first round of the Wimbledon Championships 2019. Gauff proved that the victory was no fluke as she defeated the defending champion Naomi Osaka at the Australian Open 2020. The 16-year-old is hungry for more as she is determined to play more major tournaments disregarding of when it takes place.

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“I’d rather play back to back Slams than no Slams at all. That’s kind of gonna be the answer for everyone. It’s not ideal, but, yeah,” Gauff said about US Open and French Open being so close.

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It will be interesting to see how the teen schedules her tour with the latest changes in the calendar. However, Gauff will currently focus on preparing for the grass season with the tennis tour shut till 7th June.

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Starting off as a tennis author in 2018, Varun Khanna has gone on to contribute to EssentiallySports in various capacities. After setting up interviews with the likes of Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou, Alizé Cornet, and Noah Rubin, Varun is now part of all major ATP and WTA press conferences and has gone on to pen more than 1300 articles for EssentiallySports. He now heads the tennis and NBA division of the organization.

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