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‘Has Enough to Win the US Open’- Serena Williams’ Childhood Coach Looks Through His Tennis Lens to Assess Coco Gauff’s Chances at the Year’s Last Grand Slam

Published 08/06/2023, 2:08 AM EDT

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The rise of American tennis sensation Coco Gauff has taken the tennis realm by storm. After defeating tennis legend Venus Williams at the 2019 Wimbledon, Gauff has continued to improve her performance. Therefore, a lot of tennis personalities have vouched for her successful career. One of the avid ones is the former coach of Venus and Serena Williams, Rick Macci, who has time and again praised her growth.

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Now, as the US Open is just around the corner, the expectations for the 19-year-old tennis star are increasing. Macci is of the strong opinion that Gauff can turn things in her favor.

Former coach of Venus and Serena Williams vouches for Coco Gauff 


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The veteran tennis coach Rick Macci has always been a huge supporter of Coco Gauff. Her consistent rise on the court has led him to make some bold statements about her successful future.

Once again as the US Open is just around the corner, he took to his Twitter to share his views on Gauff’s future. He stated, “Coco Gauff at age 19 has supersonic makeup speed, a wicked slice serve, a laser downline backhand with juice nice soft crispy volley, a feathery drop shot, and most of all a quickly maturing mind.”


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He added, “If she can stay authoritative on the forehand she has enough to win the US OPEN.” 

Though the rumors of Macci joining in as Gauff’s coach have been quashed, the veteran coach is still vouching for her. Gauff has joined hands with former Spanish men’s top 100 player, Pere Riba. Her father, Cori Gauff, who has been an integral part of her team likes Riba for his vast range of experiences on the court.

Nonetheless, Macci believed that he could guide Gauff to improve her singles game. He even vouched for her to become the world’s no. 1 player.


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Rick Macci on making Gauff world no. 1 

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Macci has always praised Gauff for her prowess on the court. However, her forehand has always been her weak point, which leads her opponents to get the best of her.

The veteran coach claimed he could help her make the world no. 1. He focused on improving her forehand which if strengthened can let her dominate the WTA realm. However, Gauff has decided to choose to go different ways where a new generation coach is going to guide her with the changing trends of tennis.


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Do you think Riba can help her win the US Open 2023? Let us know your views in the comments below.

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Shivali Sharma

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Shivali Sharma is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports, who specializes in off-court topics and has a particular focus on the legendary ‘Queen of the Court’, Serena Williams. With a wealth of experience in the industry, Shivali has authored numerous articles covering varied topics concerning the 23-time Grand Slam champion, including her personal life, career, and more. In addition to her work on Serena Williams, Shivali is also a huge fan of Naomi Osaka and admires the four-time Major winner, particularly for her advocacy for mental health.

Edited By: Bhavani Singh