‘She Was Telling Me to Be Careful’ – American Tennis Sensation Coco Gauff Avoids Controversy Involving Father to Advance at the French Open 2022

Published 05/23/2022, 2:32 AM EDT
Tennis – WTA Premier 5 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – May 13, 2021 Cori Gauff of the U.S. celebrates winning her third round match against Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

Coco Gauff has impressed one and all with her audacious displays on the court at a very young age. Last year, she made it to the quarterfinals of the French Open, going down fighting against the eventual champion, Barbora Krejcikova in the last-eight clash. Like the previous year, she has begun the tournament confidently. Yesterday, Coco defeated Rebecca Marino of Canada to advance to the second round of the French Open 2022. However, she was involved in a controversial moment during the match.

Coco Gauff on receiving coaching from her father during the match

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The chair umpire spotted Coco’s father making hand signals during the match and subsequently warned Coco for receiving coaching. Opening up about this incident, Coco said, “I was just asking her, like, what signals that he’s showing, because, like, for me, I don’t see anything.”

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Aug 30, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Coco Gauff of the United States reacts after winning a first round match against Magda Linette of Poland on day one of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

Further, she added, “But she told me she was telling me to be careful because some of his signals or whatever he was doing with his hands could be interpreted as coaching and I was just letting her know that I can’t tell him not to do what he’s doing with his hands because we have no coaching.”

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Coco Gauff’s dominant victory

The controversy did not deter Coco as she put an incredible display to advance to the second round of the French Open. The match began with the two players exchanging breaks of serves. Further, Gauff broke her opponent’s serve in the sixth game of the first set. However, the Canadian came back strongly to break Gauff’s serve in the ninth game of the opening set. Eventually, Gauff took the first set by breaking Marino’s serve in the 12th game.

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The second set was a one-sided affair. The American inflicted a bagel on her opponent, winning all the games in the set. Further, in the second round, Gauff will take on Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium.

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Vatsal Shah

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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.

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