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Coco Gauff Draws Serena Williams’ Childhood Coach’s Sensational Verdict as the 19YO Inches Ever Closer to Greatness

Published 08/19/2023, 11:37 AM EDT

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For almost two decades, the tennis world saw the greatness of the legendary Serena Williams. The American icon, who bagged a total of 23 grand slams throughout her entire career was a force to be dealt with. After she announced her retirement, everyone thought that the excitement would end now that the queen has retired, the world was not prepared for the upcoming princess, Coco Gauff. At just 19 years old, she is proving herself impossible to deal with. Talking about the same, Serena Williams’ former coach Rick Macci reflected on the impact Coco has had.

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He also talked about how Coco is in the right footsteps to becoming the next big thing the world will see after the legendary Serena Williams.

Rick Macci makes an astounding Coco Gauff claim


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Renowned tennis coach Rick Macci, credited with nurturing Serena Williams during her early years, took to Twitter to offer a compelling analysis of the rising star Coco Gauff’s gameplay. Macci’s insightful evaluation positions Gauff as a prominent figure in the future of tennis, drawing intriguing parallels to the iconic Serena Williams.

Macci’s assessment wasn’t merely a passing remark; it was a proclamation of Gauff’s imminent significance in the tennis world. Macci’s tweet unfolded as a comprehensive breakdown of Gauff’s strategic prowess on the court. He highlighted her finesse in executing a varied repertoire of serves, a testament to her tactical acumen. He offered a glimpse into the versatile toolkit that Gauff brings to her matches.


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@CocoGauff can opener cutter slice serve on the deuce court and up the tee bender on the ad court is trending towards the goat neighborhood of @serenawilliams,” said Macci in the tweet.

By aligning Gauff’s potential with Serena Williams, Macci clearly compared the immense talent that Gauff possesses. As Gauff continues to ascend, Macci’s words resonate as a prophetic testament to the bright future that lies ahead for this promising young athlete.

While others might be busy comparing Coco Gauff with Serena Williams, the 19-year-old sensation considers the latter her idol.


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Coco Gauff considers Serena Williams her idol

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While this might not come as a surprise, Gauff has been a lifelong admirer of the American legend. In an interview, she regarded Serena as the sole reason why she is a tennis player today. She also mentioned that she was completely heartbroken when the 23-time grand slam winner announced her retirement from the sport. Not to forget that the young blood has always watched the Williams sisters play and took key notes from them.


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Thus, the impact that Serena has had on Coco is commendable. With a great future ahead, it is only wonders that one can expect from Gauff. This year, she will be coming in at the US Open with the hope of clinching her maiden Grand Slam title.



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.