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Long-Standing Support Comes to Halt as Serena Williams’ Ex-Coach Snubs Off 19YO Coco Gauff to Place Carlos Alcaraz in a Major Tennis Supremacy

Published 09/08/2023, 8:57 AM EDT

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This US Open, the tennis realm, has witnessed the prowess of the 19-year-old American tennis sensation, Coco Gauff. Persevering against the former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki and the French Open finalist, Karolina Muchova, Gauff has reached the finals. Now, she will go against the Belarusian tennis star Aryna Sabalenka for the US Open title. However, despite all that, the former coach of Venus and Serena Williams has some reservations which keeps Carlos Alcaraz one step ahead of her.

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The 20-year-old Spanish sensation is at the US Open to defend his title. His aggressive form on the court and swift alertness have led a usual Gauff supporter like Macci to get on his side.

Former coach of Serena Williams picks Carlos Alcaraz for a skill mastered by Coco Gauff


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Both Coco Gauff and Carlos Alcaraz have left the tennis realm on the edge of their seats with their jaw-dropping performance at the US Open. Both players carry a unique set of skills. However, they also share some similar ones too. So, when Macci had to choose a winner for a common skill, he sidelined his usual favorite, Gauff, for Alcaraz.

The veteran coach took to his Twitter to make his choice known to his fans.


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He stated, Was asked yesterday is Coco Gauff the fastest player in Professional Tennis.” Not explaining much, he straightaway got to the answer and stated, “Easy answer. No way! Answer Carlos Alcaraz.”

Though it was a short and crisp verdict from Macci, Gauff has proved her worth on the court. None of the players proved to be too challenging for Gauff to take down on the court.

But the verdict on Alcaraz is also not wrong. This is backed by the German star, Alexander Zverev, who has had a go against both Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic.


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Alexander Zverev warns fellow ATP players about the prowess of Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic 

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These two tennis stars are undoubtedly the toughest competitors on the ATP circuit at the moment. After making a comeback, Alexander Zverev has had the opportunity to face both players, and he has some blunt advice for his fellow players.

After his quarter-final loss against Alcaraz, Zverev stated after playing both players, he realized that they both were on another level at the moment. The only way to tackle them is by catching up to them.


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Do you think there is any other player who can catch up to the world No. 1 and 2 respectively? Let us know your views in the comments below.

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Shivali Sharma

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Shivali Sharma is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports, who specializes in off-court topics and has a particular focus on the legendary ‘Queen of the Court’, Serena Williams. With a wealth of experience in the industry, Shivali has authored numerous articles covering varied topics concerning the 23-time Grand Slam champion, including her personal life, career, and more. In addition to her work on Serena Williams, Shivali is also a huge fan of Naomi Osaka and admires the four-time Major winner, particularly for her advocacy for mental health.

Edited By: Tony Thomas