‘I Am Never Doing That Again’ – Coco Gauff Reveals the One Thing She Is Scared to Do on Court

Published 05/10/2022, 8:53 AM EDT
2019 US Open Tennis Tournament- Day Seven. A smiling Coco Gauff of the United States while hitting balls into the crowd after her victory with partner Catherine McNally of the United States in action Nicole Melichar of the United States and Kveta Peschke of the Czech Republic in the Women’s doubles round two match on Louis Armstrong Stadium during the 2019 US Open Tennis Tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 1st, 2019 in Flushing, Queens, New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

Coco Gauff, the American tennis prodigy, hit the headlines for the first time when she defeated the seven-time Grand Slam champion, Venus Williams, in the very first round of the Wimbledon championship in 2019. Also, she has many other noteworthy achievements. Such as she is the youngest player in the top 100 of WTA and the youngest singles title-holder on WTA since 2004. Gauff clinched the title at Linz Open in 2019 at the age of 15. However, the young star, with current world rankings of World No.15(Singles) and 10(Doubles), is scared to pay fines on-court.

Coco Gauff Doesn’t Appreciate Fines in Tennis

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Gauff recently interacted with her fans and made fun of one of her expressions during the session. She looked in complete disbelief and slight shock and jokingly wrote, “When you break a racket on court and see how much the fine was.” Further, she admitted, “I have broken only one racket on court. And when I saw that fine, I was like I am never doing that again.”

Gauff defeated Tunisian tennis ace Ons Jabeur in the fourth round to enter the quarterfinals of the 2021 French Open. Though after her plan to thrash Barbora Krejcikova in the quarterfinals, to secure a seat to the semis didn’t work out. As the Czech tennis professional and the current WTA no.2 outclassed Gauff in straight sets.

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She lost control over her anger and smashed her racket, incurring a fine. This was the first time she let her emotions take control and, according to her, it will be the last as well.

Gauff’s Doubles Game This Year

Gauff at present is striving to book a position in the elite list of WTA singles. And the way she is proceeding, it might not take her long to achieve a ranking in the top 10. But in the case of doubles, she has already invaded the list. And she can only move upwards on the list owing to her current form and gameplay.

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Speaking of her performance in doubles this year, she started the year with a subpar performance Australian Open. However, she quickly reclaimed her form and made a quarterfinal run in the Dubai International championship. Following that, she claimed the doubles title at Qatar Open alongside Jessica Pegula.

Sep 12, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Coco Gauff, right, and Catherine McNally of the United States against Samantha Stosur of Australia and Shuai Zhang of China (not pictured) in the women’s doubles final on day fourteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

Further, the 19-year-old reached the quarterfinals of Indian Wells and semifinals of Miami Open alongside McNally. Thereafter, she played her first clay tournament of this year at Stuttgart Open, where she lost the title to the Dutch American duo, Demi Schuurs, and Desirae Krawczyk.

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Now after clinching the title at Qatar Open and having a successful quarterfinal run in Madrid. Gauff has again paired with Pegula for the ongoing tournament in Italy.

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Mahima Verma

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Mahima Verma is a Tennis writer for EssentiallySports. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Hotel Management from IHM Mumbai. A sports enthusiast, particularly Tennis since her childhood, Mahima believes that she is fortunate enough to witness the legends like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Serena Williams play.

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