Venus Williams and Coco Gauff Announce Exciting News for French Open 2021

Published 05/30/2021, 7:29 AM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 01: Cori Gauff of the United States shakes hands at the net with Venus Williams of The United States after her Ladies’ Singles first round match against Venus Williams of The United States during Day one of The Championships – Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 01, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


In exciting news for all fans, seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams will partner with Coco Gauff in the women’s doubles at French Open 2021. With an age gap of 23 years, this all-American pairing will be very exciting to watch.

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Venus has played doubles at six French Open, all of them with Serena Williams; however, for the first time, she will have Coco Gauff as her partner this year. Venus is a veteran aged 40, whereas Gauff is the teenage sensation everybody is talking about.

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How old was Coco Gauff when Serena and Venus Williams won French Open doubles title?

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Interestingly, when Serena and Venus won their first French Open doubles title in 1999, Gauff wasn’t even born. And when they won their second French Open title in 2010, Gauff was just six years old. The young star has now come a long way on the tour at a relatively young age.

In the draw, Venus Williams and Coco Gauff are set to face 13th seeds Ellen Perez and Zheng Saisai. The other notable players in the doubles draw are, Iga Swiatek, Ashleigh Barty, Jennifer Brady, Sofia Kenin, etc.

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Coco Gauff of the U.S. celebrates winning her third round match against Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

Considering their ages, Venus and Gauff are on the opposite spectrums of their careers. While Coco is a young talent who has been rising the ranks constantly, Williams has seen a decline and is currently outside the top 100. The latter is currently on a five-match losing streak and has not won on clay in two years.

Gauff recently picked up her second career title at WTA Parma Open 2021. She showed her great prowess on clay at the Italian Open as well where she reached the semifinals.

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The passing of the baton from Venus to Gauff might have happened when the two had met at Wimbledon Championships 2019. Gauff was playing her first Grand Slam match and defeated Venus in straight sets. Moreover, they met again at Australian Open 2020, where Gauff triumphed yet again.

It will surely be a spectacle to watch the two Americans fight side by side, thus having a perfect blend of experience and youth.

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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