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Ahead of Coco Gauff’s US Open Final, Serena Williams’ Childhood Coach Dishes Out ‘23 Thousand Weapons’ Verdict as He Lays Bare the Key to American’s Success

Published 09/09/2023, 6:09 AM EDT

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After completely taking over her home Grand Slam event, Coco Gauff has now made it to her first major championship match. During her spectacular run, the American tennis prodigy has overcome some of the big guns, including Jeļena Ostapenko, Karolína Muchová, and Caroline Wozniacki. In light of her recent performances, the 19-year-old is now being touted to clinch her maiden major title on her home soil.

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However, it won’t be an easy assignment for Gauff as she will be up against the new world No. 1, Aryna Sabalenka, who has already enjoyed a Grand Slam triumph this season in Melbourne. Concerned about his young compatriot, Serena Williams‘ childhood coach has now stepped forward to offer a bit of advice on how the current world No. 4 can prevail in the blockbuster encounter in New York.

Serena Williams’ childhood coach reveals how Coco Gauff can win the US Open


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Providing an analysis of the tennis prodigies’ performances on the ATP and WTA Tours is something the American coach Rick Macci enjoys doing frequently on social media. Now that his young compatriot, Coco Gauff, has reached the finals of their home major tournament, the 68-year-old was keen to give his verdict.

Even if the teenager is having a good run, the seven-time USPTA coach claimed that Gauff can employ ‘the 23 thousand home fans weapons’ to secure the US Open crown. Macci tweeted, “@CocoGauff  can win the U.S.Open if she uses the 23 thousand weapons in her Back Pocket to bother the Belarus Rocket.”


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The famed tennis coach’s statement about “23k weapons” alludes to the capacity of the Arthur Ashe Stadium, the world’s biggest tennis arena. In his uncanny message, Macci suggested that the American tennis sensation could benefit from having a flurry of home supporters rooting for her against the Belarusian opponent.

The 19-year-old may or may not succeed, but in the US Open, she already accomplished an amazing feat.


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Gauff joins the ‘Queen of the Court’ in an elite club

After securing a place in the championship match of the US Open, the current world No. 4 recently made history on home soil. After Serena Williams in 2001, the WTA sensation became the youngest American woman to reach the finals of the hard court major event in New York. In addition to this remarkable achievement, the 19-year-old is the only American teenager since the ‘Queen of the Court’ to win over 25 Grand Slam matches in the course of two seasons.

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In front of a flurry of her home fans, do you think Gauff can pull off another major feat by clinching the US Open title? Let us know in the comments section.

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Anurag Gusain

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Anurag Gusain is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. Being a huge tennis fan, he enjoys watching the Spanish legend Rafael Nadal dominate other superstars on the ATP Tour. His coverage of Nadal's 14 French Open titles has been hailed as some of the best in the business, showcasing his talent for storytelling and his ability to capture the essence of the sport.

Edited By: Tony Thomas