Christopher Eubanks shared his thoughts on his friend Coco Gauff and the skepticism surrounding her potential before winning the US Open.
The North American player has been one of the most improved tennis players in terms of level and results, making a name for himself in the upper echelons of the ATP rankings and breaking into the top 30 despite starting the year outside the top 120. Eubanks is a close friend of Gauff on the tour and recently spoke about her on Tennis Channel, offering his opinion on the potential of the world No. 3:
"She has finally proved the naysayers wrong, some said that she would never win a Grand Slam. She's been able to do that, now it's about how many she will get. So there's still going to be outside expectations, there's still going to be people saying that she can never get more than one or the people doubting the validity of the US Open run,” Eubanks claimed.
“It doesn't matter at this point. In her team and in her mind, she has done what she has done, now let's just continue to enjoy this process let's just continue to put in the work that got her to this point," he added.
Eubanks expressed optimism about the future achievements of Coco Gauff, who, at just 19 years old, secured her coveted first Grand Slam title:
"I think the sky's the limit. We have seen players before who kinda get their run and we've seen Iga be so dominant on clay. She has also done well on hard courts, not so much on grass. We've seen players who have favorite surfaces or maybe struggle on other times," world No. 34 said.
"But not her, she can play on any surface. She can play against any opponent, in any condition, so that poses the opportunity for her to win a lot of more tournaments and the sky's the limit," Eubanks concluded
The American has a modest ATP record of 30-43, as the majority of his career has been spent competing in Challenger tournaments. The 27-year-old Eubanks made a breakthrough in 2023, entering the top 100 for the first time in April after an impressive run at the Miami Open, where he progressed to the quarterfinals from the qualifiers.
Eubanks further solidified his form during the grass-court season, claiming his maiden ATP 250 title at the Mallorca Open. He also reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, making notable victories over the 12th seed Cam Norrie and the 5th seed Stefanos Tsitsipas along the way. His Wimbledon journey came to an end with a defeat to the third seed Daniil Medvedev in a thrilling five-set match.