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‘Godmother’ Jessica Pegula Steps Into a New Reality as She Moves Away From Coco Gauff to Side With Another 19YO American

Published 09/26/2023, 6:13 AM EDT

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If you’re on the lookout for the year’s most dynamic duo, meet Jessica Pegula and Coco Gauff. Not only are they best buddies, but they also make a winning team on the tennis court. However, it seems like 29-year-old Jessica Pegula might be taking a big leap forward, potentially leaving her friend Coco Gauff.

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Just when everything seemed perfect, and they were racking up double titles, Pegula faced a tough decision. She decided to switch her doubles partner and team up with a talented 19-year-old rising star. It’s a bold move that’s making waves in the tennis world! Who is this young player Pegula wants to team up with?

Jessica Pegula finds another 19-year-old doubles partner


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After winning the final Grand Slam event of the year, Coco Gauff will not compete in the Tokyo Open. But Pegula has nothing to worry about. She has found someone new to team up with in the doubles category.

Recently, the Tennis Channel shared news regarding how, for the recent WTA tournament after the US Open, Pegula has paired with Ashlyn Krueger, another young player.


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For the 75th-ranked tennis player, getting paired up with the 2023 Canadian Open champion might be one of the biggest breakthroughs of her tennis career. But not only that, there is a hidden connection that Krueger shares with the 29-year-old tennis star.

Krueger’s current coach, Michael Joyce, trained the fourth-ranked tennis player during her teenage years for around 7 years. Along with that, they also share a flourishing personal bond in such a way that Pegula is the “Godmother” of the 50-year-old’s daughter. Nevertheless, even though they are not together on the tennis court, they have always helped each other through thick and thin.

Recently Pegula talked about facing friends like Gauff and Keys on the tennis court. It is inevitable at such a high level.

Pegula’s friendship with Gauff is beyond competition   


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After losing the fourth-round match to Madison Keys, Gauff talked about playing against her friends on the tennis circuit. She talked about how the 28-year-old is not given due credit for her achievements on the tennis court.

But the biggest question with Pegula and Gauff still remains: has the pair split up? If not, then why are they not playing the Doubles tournament together?

Pegula and Gauff prefer to keep their friendship apart from their professional rivalry. It was evident at the US Open as they juggled between the singles and doubles categories, trying to stay on the same page as both tennis players coped with a demanding and stressful schedule. Further, Gauff is currently preparing to compete in the WTA Finals as well, as she recovers from the strenuous American hard-court swing.


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Nevertheless, what do you think about the new Doubles pair? Post your thoughts in the comments section below!

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Written by:

Pratishtha Prakash


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Pratishtha Prakash is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. She has completed her Bachelor’s degree in Mass Media and Journalism from MIT ADT University, Pune. Being a sports enthusiast, she has been following varied sports like tennis, cricket and Esports from her childhood.
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Mitali Dey