“She’s the Real Deal”: When Nick Kyrgios Lauded Coco Gauff

Published 01/19/2021, 12:11 PM EST
Tennis – WTA Premier 5 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – Coco Gauff of the U.S. in action during the Women’s doubles Pool via REUTERS/Clive Brunskill


After a hiatus of almost one year, Nick Kyrgios will return to action at the upcoming Australian Open. Kyrgios last played at the 2020 Australian Open, where he lost to Rafael Nadal in a thrilling fourth-round match. Despite the tour’s resumption in September last year, Kyrgios withdrew from the entire season, citing health risks due to COVID-19.

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Nick Kyrgios of Australia looks on during his Men’s Singles fourth round match against Rafael Nadal of Spain on day eight of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Kelly Defina/Getty Images)

Nick Kyrgios applauds Coco Gauff

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Recently, Kyrgios uploaded an Instagram story containing a post about his comments on the teenager, Coco Gauff. Having practiced with Gauff when she was 12, Kyrgios is aware of the enormous talent that the 16-year-old American possesses. The 6-time ATP titlist Kyrgios spoke highly of the WTA star and believes Gauff has the potential to achieve the big things in the sport.

“She’s going to have the potential to do some amazing things in this sport. I hit with her when she was 12 at Miami. I hit with her this year again. She’s the real deal. She’s amazing.” said Kyrgios. 

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At the 2019 Wimbledon Championships, Gauff became the youngest player in the Open Era to qualify for the main draw in the tournament’s history. At last year’s Australian Open, Gauff ousted the defending champion Naomi Osaka and established herself as one of the strongest contenders in the game.

FILE PHOTO: Tennis – Australian Open – Fourth Round – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – Australia’s Nick Kyrgios reacts during his match against Spain’s Rafael Nadal. REUTERS/Edgar Su/File Photo

After announcing he won’t compete at the 2021 ATP Cup at the start of the year, Kyrgios will most likely play at one of the ATP 250 events being held in Melbourne. On the other hand, Gauff began her 2021 season at the Abu Dhabi Open, but lost to Maria Sakkari in the second round.

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Since the 2015 Australian Open, Kyrgios has failed to move past the fourth round of any Grand Slam event. The 27-year-old will find tough competition in his contemporaries Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev, and Daniil Medvedev, considering all of them have performed impeccably well in the 2020 season.

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Kshitij Tayal is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having played district-level tennis competitions, Kshitij is also a tenured journalist of the sport with over four years of experience. At EssentiallySports, he pens down some thought-provoking pieces on players and tournaments across the ATP and WTA.

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