“A Bit Overwhelming”: Coco Gauff Gives Practical Off-Court Advice to Emma Raducanu Ahead of Indian Wells 2021

Published 10/06/2021, 4:58 PM EDT
Aug 30, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Coco Gauff of the United States waves to the crowd after winning a first round match against Magda Linette of Poland on day one of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports


American teenage sensation Coco Gauff, who rose to prominence with a stunning victory over Venus Williams in the first-round of 2019 Wimbledon. Since then, the young American has managed to produce consistent performances and made leaps in her WTA rankings.

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Even this year, the American made it to the semi-finals at Adelaide International and Italian Open. She also won the Challenger event in Parma, Italy.

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“She has a slam and I don’t”- Gauff on being asked to give advice to Raducanu

At the recently concluded US Open, Gauff lost to compatriot Sloane Stephens in the second round but reached the finals in women’s doubles along with Caty McNally.

During the pre-tournament press conference at Indian Wells, the American was asked about Emma Raducanu’s triumph in New York any the advice Gauff might have for the Brit.

“I mean, she has a Slam and I don’t. If anything, I should be asking her”, said Gauff with a smile. However, the American did suggest an off-court habit for Raducanu to follow as the attention on her keeps increasing with each passing day.

Sep 11, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of Great Britain hits a forehand against Leylah Fernandez of Canada (not pictured) in the women’s singles final on day thirteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

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Coco Gauff gives off-court advice to Raducanu after the latter’s US Open triumph

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The best thing I could say, and I’m sure she’s probably heard it, is to set time aside from the phone. Because it is exciting when you get all the retweets, all the follows and all of that, but it can be a bit overwhelming. At least in my experience. That’s probably what I wish I would’ve known, not to focus on social media”, continued the American.

Gauff mentioned how she limits the usage of several apps on her phone when she is training. “I put a time limit on my phone because I thought I was spending too much time on it. From 8.30 a.m. to 9.30 p.m., I have limited access to apps”, concluded the American.

Aug 30, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Coco Gauff of the United States hits to Magda Linette of Poland on day one of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

Especially over the last few weeks, the entire attention is on Raducanu and the tournaments she is likely to play going forward. When she accepted the wild card from Indian Wells organizers, the buzz for the women’s draw skyrocketed and a lot of fans will be thronging the stadiums to watch the Brit play.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Sagar has completed his graduation in Electronics and Communication Engineering.

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