Coco Gauff seemingly set for Roland Garros doubles u-turn with Katerina Siniakova tandem mooted

Saturday, 25 May 2024 at 11:40
Coco Gauff didn't enter French Open doubles at Roland Garros due seemingly to Jessica Pegula not playing the tournament with injury but seems to have made a U-turn.
The switch-up was slightly puzzling given that of course Gauff who reached the final of Rome with Erin Routliffe will anchor women's doubles hopes likely with Pegula for a final time at the Olympic Games. As a result, the clay court time will be invaluable. This is why for many they have played or are playing the clay court doubles even as singles players.
Tandems in the men's such as Ben Shelton and Alexander Bublik as well as more on a nations perspective, Andy Murray and Dan Evans have come out of this. So Gauff who will be one of the favourites has seemingly made the call to play.
But it seems she has done so due to withdrawals. Taylor Townsend can't play due to injury and had to withdraw. This left Katerina Siniakova without a partner. The Czech who will reunite with Barbora Krejcikova for the Olympic Games can't play with her. This is due to Laura Siegemund now partnering the former Roland Garros champion.
So as a result, Gauff who was left without a partner due to Pegula not playing and Siniakova who also had the same but more recent predicament have been mooted to be joining forces. Some though said that it may not work as well as hoped with both having the same style in doubles as returners so how that will shape up will be an interesting one.
Certainly though it is making good of a bad situation and enables Gauff who withdrew some time ago to play with a quality doubles operator. The return to doubles was also all but confirmed with her appearing on the Roland Garros list for doubles players in the tournament alongside fellow singles stars Jelena Ostapenko and Jasmine Paolini.
She opens up against qualifier Julia Avdeeva tomorrow at Roland Garros in the first round so her immediate focus will be on that then the doubles crops up.

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