Former Serena Williams' coach, Rick Macci, expressed his opinion that Coco Gauff has the potential to win the US Open.
Rick Macci is one of the most renowned tennis coaches, having coached five players who reached the number one ranking in the world, including Andy Roddick in the ATP and the Williams sisters, Serena and Venus, Maria Sharapova, and Jennifer Capriati in the WTA. Their achievements together led him to win the USPTA National Coach of the Year award seven times.
Impressive Gauff claims first WTA 500 final berth with resounding victory against Samsonova
Currently working as a commentator, the American coach spoke about the young star Coco Gauff, who, along with Jessica Pegula, is considered one of the top contenders for the United States in this year's US Open.
"Coco Gauff at age 19 has supersonic make up speed, a wicked slice serve, a laser down line backhand with juice nice soft crispy volleys, a feathery drop shot and most of all a quickly maturing mind and if she can stay authoritative on the forehand she has enough to win the US OPEN," Macci wrote.
The young tennis player recently admitted that her father is in talks with Macci regarding the possibility of the coach assisting her in working on technical aspects after the end of the season.
"I haven't spoken to Rick personally. But, yes, him and my dad converse a lot. Not just now but over the years. Yeah, that was one of the options to do that after the season is over," Gauff said.
WTA Preview 2023 Canadian Open Montreal: Swiatek, Sabalenka and Rybakina headline as Wozniacki makes tour return
"Obviously it's far from now, so I can't really confirm. But, yeah, I believe, based off what you told me, everything is true," she added.
Gauff has started the North American hardcourt tournaments in great form, securing victories over Haley Baptiste, Belinda Bencic, and Ludmila Samsonova to reach the final of the WTA 500 Mubadala Citi DC Open. In the final, she will face the 8th seed Maria Sakkari, who defeated the local Jessica Pegula in the first semifinal and is seeking the second title of her career.