“Wouldn’t Want to Play With Anyone Else”: Caty McNally Denies Split With Coco Gauff

Published 02/25/2021, 2:47 AM EST
WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 28: Cori Gauff waves to the crowd after defeating Hiroko Kuwata of Japan during qualifying for the Citi Open at Rock Creek Tennis Center on July 28, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)


American teenage sensation, Coco Gauff, is already a prominent figure in singles and doubles. She is the youngest player in both the top 100 of WTA singles and doubles ranking. In doubles especially, she has a potent partnership with a fellow American teenager, Caty McNally.

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Their partnership is nicknamed ‘McCoco’ and following their Australian Open exit, there were reports of a split, but McNally now has come out and refuted the same on Instagram.

Coco Gauff of the United States of America plays a backhand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

Most notably, the young pairing had reached the quarterfinals at the Australian Open in 2020 and 2021 and were fan favorites in every tournament they participated in.

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“I know there was an article posted about me and Coco not playing doubles anymore. I just felt I needed to address that and say it is completely FALSE.”

The fact that Gauff entered the recent WTA Adelaide event with a new partner (Canadian Sharon Fichman) aided the split rumors as McNally wasn’t absent and featured in the singles tournament. Thus, it was speculated that Gauff and McNally have split.

Coco Gauff and Caty McNally to continue ahead as ‘McCoco’

But, for the joy of their fans, McNally has specified that ‘Team McCoco’ will continue to steam ahead. Her partnership with Coco Gauff will continue further, and they are excited about what lies ahead.

“She is one of my best friends on tour and I wouldn’t want to play with anyone else truly I’m so excited for the rest of the year and to see what we can accomplish into the future. McCoco is better than ever, so don’t worry lol.”

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McNally is 19 and Gauff is 16. Both have been pros for a couple of years and already have two WTA titles as a doubles pairing. ‘McCoco’ last won two titles in 2019, but since then have been searching for their next titles.

Both the players are also pursuing their own singles careers, Gauff, who is one of the youngest players to win 10 Grand Slam matches, has set a name for herself by beating heavyweights like Venus Williams and Naomi Osaka at the Majors.

While Gauff is being touted as the next big thing in tennis, McNally is trying to find her feet in singles. However, could they rise together as the dominant force in doubles?

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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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