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Big US Open Claim Comes Coco Gauff’s Way as Serena Williams’ Childhood Coach Dishes Out Prophecy With a Major Exception

Published 08/06/2023, 9:49 AM EDT

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The coaching saga surrounding Coco Gauff has always been the center of the debate.  The young American prodigy made it into the limelight after she defeated Venus Williams in the first round of Wimbledon. However, her recent performances have raised a question about her skills and talent.

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Regarded as one of the best at the moment, she is currently struggling to find form which led her to a change in the coaching staff. With the US Open looming over, she will be under great pressure to stand up to the expectations of her fans. Rick Macci, former Serena Williams‘ coach shed light on the situation and claimed that Coco could make an impact at the upcoming tournament, contingent on one condition.

Rick Macci puts one condition for Coco Gauff to clinch the US Open


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Regarded as one of the finest coaches of the game, Rick recently took to Twitter to highlight the issue currently faced by Coco Gauff. He suggested that Coco in herself is a force to be reckoned with. With her supersonic make-up speed, a wicked slice serve, a laser downline backhand with juice nice soft crispy volleys, a feathery drop shot, and most of all her maturity, she can make the most out of her matches.

Although his condition suggests that if Coco can have authority over her forehand at the upcoming tournament, there is no stopping her. Rick, however, was a name on the shortlist who could have become the next coach for Coco Gauff.


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@CocoGauff at age 19 has supersonic makeup speed a wicked slice serve a laser downline backhand with juice nice soft crispy volleys a feathery drop shot and most of all a quickly maturing mind and if she can stay authoritative on the forehand she has enough to win the U OPEN,” said Macci while pointing out at Coco’s chances.

Thus, this understanding by Rick gives an insight into the strong points on Coco’s gameplay suggesting that slight improvements could help her go further in the tournament. However, her new coaches would already have started working on this to make her a formidable force to be dealt with.

Coco Gauff joins hands with Pere Riba as her new head coach


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After a rather disappointing display at Wimbledon, Coco decided that it was best to join new forces to propel her game to a new level. Recently, she hired Pere Riba to help her progress and win the upcoming US Open. Talking about her recent performance, she has seen to be doing well under her new coach.

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Coco has made her way to the finals of the Citi Open where she will be facing Maria Sakkari in an intriguing battle. A win would definitely help her boost her confidence and make a much-awaited comeback at the upcoming US Open.


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Thus, Rick’s recent revelation and her form recently show that she is on the right track to become the player she is known to be. With new coaching staff, she would be expecting to upskill her game and silence the critics at the US Open. What are your views on this? Do let us know in the comments below.

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Akshat Gaur

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Akshat Gaur is a Tennis Writer at EssentiallySports. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in 2021 and has been writing since then. With over two years of experience in the world of sports journalism, specifically tennis journalism, Akshat is someone who is immensely passionate about covering the ATP and the WTA Tour.

Edited By: Aishwary Gaonkar