Absolute Scenes in Madrid Open as 26-Year-Old Russian Tennis Player Gets Caught Making a Bizarre Mistake Involving Coco Gauff

Published 05/03/2023, 5:04 PM EDT

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The tennis world is often a source of entertainment and amusement, mainly because of the spectacular shots and the fierce on-court competition. However, it is also famous for the quirky moments that happen on and off the court. Recently, the Madrid Open saw one such moment with Veronika Kudermetova. She made a mistake while pronouncing Coco Gauff’s name during a post-match interview. The 26-year-old Russian tennis player’s mispronunciation of Gauff’s name has caused quite a stir in the tennis community.

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The Madrid Open has provided its fair share of entertainment in the past few days. However, the latest incident to occur at the tournament has certainly left fans in stitches. Kudermetova made the hilarious mistake in her post-match interview with Prakash Amritraj.

Kudermetova makes a ‘Coca’ error

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It all began when Kudermetova attempted to pronounce Gauff’s name and mispronounced it. The video quickly went viral, with fans around the world finding the mistake to be both adorable and humorous.

Kudermetova is currently competing at the 2023 Madrid Open, where she defeated Jessica Pegula in the quarterfinals on May 3. In a post-match interview, Kudermetova shared that she was prepared to face her rivals. However, when the interviewer, Prakash Amritraj, asked her a question about Coco Gauff, Kudermetova mistakenly mispronounced her name. Kudermetova said “Coca” instead of “Coco”.

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Posting a clip of the same, the official account of the Tennis Letter tweeted, “Everyone stops what you’re doing. Veronika Kudermetova pronounces Coco Gauff’s name as “Coca” & it’s the best thing I’ve heard all day 😂. Her accent is adorable. 🥰🎬 .@TennisChannel.”

 

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How did Gauff get her nickname ‘Coco’?

Gauff has managed to handle the pressure of her tennis matches with exceptional skill. However, it may surprise many to learn that ‘Coco’ is not her birth name, but rather a nickname that has since become her primary identity. Cori Gauff was given the nickname “Coco” by her family, as she was named after her father, Corey. Since their names were quite similar, they decided to distinguish between the two names by giving her a nickname. Her aunt suggested “Coco,” and the name eventually stuck with her. Gauff has even insisted on being referred to as Coco during a campaign for New Balance.

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Now, it will be fascinating to Coco’s reaction to being referred to as ‘Coca’. Certainly, her reaction will be amusing to her fans. How will Gauff react? Share your views in the comments below.

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Dr Aditya Raveendran Menon

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Aditya Menon is a Tennis Writer at EssentiallySports, covering several high-profile tournaments and events. With a passion for writing that matches his love for the sport, he has a special interest in covering the activities of tennis legends like Serena Williams and the ‘Big Three’ of men’s tennis. Aditya’s interest in tennis started at a young age when his father introduced him to the sport.
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