‘Coco Would Not Be a Tennis Player’ – Coco Gauff’s Mother Details How Serena Williams’ Father King Richard’s Influence Shaped Her Career

Published 08/24/2022, 10:46 PM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 30, 2022 Coco Gauff of the U.S. celebrates winning her second round match against Romania’s Mihaela Buzarnescu REUTERS/Paul Childs

Coco Gauff and Serena Williams have many things in common. They both achieved tremendous success at a very young age. Additionally, they have carved a niche for themselves in singles as well as doubles. During their childhood days, their fathers groomed them in tennis. Serena’s father, Richard Williams, and Coco’s father, Corey, have played instrumental roles in the successes of their daughters.

Further, many people in the tennis fraternity compare Coco to Serena. Recently, the American sensation’s mother, Candi Gauff opened up about King Richard’s influence on her daughter’s career.


Article continues below this ad

Candi Gauff reveals what shaped the career of her daughter, Coco Gauff

Recently, the 18-year-old made an appearance on the cover story of ESPN, where her mother talked about Serena’s father’s influence on her daughter’s career. She said, “If it wasn’t for the Williams sisters, Coco would not be a tennis player.”

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 20: Coco Gauff of the United States of. America plays a backhand during her Women’s Singles first-round match against. Venus Williams of the United States of America on day one of the 2020. Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 20, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

Further, she went on to add, “And if it wasn’t for Richard, my husband would not have studied tennis in that format. He’s patented himself off [Richard Williams] and used their roadmap.”


Serena Williams Discloses Olympia’s Adorable Ignorance Over Her Celebrity Status in a Free-Wheeling Conversation With Meghan Markle

5 months ago


Article continues below this ad

Gauff is enjoying one of the best seasons of her tennis career. She came close to winning her maiden Grand Slam title this year, losing against Iga Swiatek in the summit clash of the French Open. Recently, she climbed to the top of the WTA doubles rankings.

Gauff’s favorite Grand Slam tournament

Recently, the American sensation revealed that the US Open was her favorite Grand Slam tournament. She opened up about how she enjoys playing in front of her home crowd which brings out the best in her.


Article continues below this ad

Watch This Story – Chris Evert once narrated a time when she fell out with laughter owing to Martina Navratilova’s innocent act after a brutal loss.

However, Coco Gauff has had an untimely injury setback as she retired midway during her first-round match in Cincinnati. She is a doubtful starter at the US Open starting next week. Gauff, who has constantly been on the uprise in the WTA rankings, will receive a major blow if she does miss out on the last Grand Slam tournament of the season.



Vatsal Shah

1323 articles

Vatsal Shah is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. With a Bachelor's degree in engineering, he is a die hard fan of tennis and sports in general. He is an ardent follower of Rafael Nadal and is inspired by his never-say-die attitude.

Edited By: Veer Badani