‘Liked Being Alone..’ – Coco Gauff Reveals How Tennis Spoke to Her as She Joins the Likes of Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka in a Legendary Honor

Published 08/23/2022, 10:13 PM EDT

Coco Gauff has had a memorable past few years. In her debut appearance at Wimbledon in 2019, she defeated the legendary Venus Williams. Recently, she received the massive honor of featuring in the cover story for ESPN.

Gauff has been a force to reckon with on the WTA Tour in the past few years. Earlier this year, she reached the final of the French Open before going down against Iga Swiatek in the summit clash. Additionally, she also made it to the last two in women’s doubles, partnering with compatriot Jessica Pegula.


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Coco Gauff thrilled as she features on the cover of ESPN

The 18-year-old joined the likes of Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka to feature in the cover story of ESPN. Expressing her gratitude, Gauff took to Twitter and said, “Thank you @espn for allowing me to be this issue’s cover story!”

Asked about why she chose to play tennis, Gauff said, “Tennis spoke to me. I liked being alone on the court. I liked the idea of all the mistakes being on me.”


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Tennis stars Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka have also had the honor of featuring on the cover of ESPN. While Serena was featured on ESPN’s ‘The Body Issue’, Osaka was featured on the cover of ESPN’s ‘World Fame 100 Issue’.


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Gauff is enjoying one of the best seasons of her tennis career. Recently, she attained the top spot in the WTA doubles rankings.


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Gauff doubtful for the US Open

In the recently concluded Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati, Gauff had an emotional exit as she retired midway during her first-round match against Marie Bouzkova. The American sensation has received an untimely injury setback and will be a doubtful starter at next week’s US Open.

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

Nonetheless, Gauff will be eager to get back fit in time to play in her ‘favorite’ Grand Slam tournament.


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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.