Patrick Mouratoglou on Coco Gauff: ‘I feel she is not that far away from winning a Grand Slam’
Patrick Mouratoglou believes it is only a matter of time before his protégé Coco Gauff wins a Grand Slam, adding she “has a lot of things to her game”.
Gauff announced her arrival on the big stage last year when, at 15 years and three months, she became the youngest player to reach the Wimbledon main draw in the Open Era.
She upset former world No 1 Venus Williams in the first round at SW19 and made it to the fourth round before losing to eventual winner Simona Halep.
At this year’s Australian Open she again beat Williams as well as defending champion Naomi Osaka before going down to Sofia Kenin, who went on to lift the title at Melbourne Park.
Mouratoglou feels the 16-year-old is a major champion in the making.
“I can see Coco getting to a final and winning a Grand Slam,” he said, adding “And I feel she is not that far away.”
“The match against Sofia Kenin in Melbourne showed Coco needs to improve yet. Of course she does. She still plays at an incredible level and the self-belief she has is so strong that she can surprise and maybe win a Grand Slam.”
Gauff is part of the Mouratoglou’s Tennis Academy and, although her mentor feels she already has a lot to her game, he sees plenty of room for improvement.
“Coco’s tennis is already big. She has a lot of things to her game; a big serve, unbelievable backhand, she does a lot of things. She is able to come to the net,” he said. “When it is a pressure point, she is able to go for it. She will also play a return volley to put pressure on her opponents.
“She already understands a lot of things in tennis, but still it is not enough. There is still some space for her opponents to win the points.
“Definitely there is still room for improvement. Her maturity is incredible at 16. That’s what stands out most for me. The ways she handles matches, it’s unique. But she is still only 16 and, when you are only 16, you still have so many things you need to improve, which is great.
“The players she has beaten in the Slams – Venus Williams, Naomi Osaka – and making the second week of a slam again after making the second week at Wimbledon, at that age, having so much to improve, it says so much about her as a person.”
Andy Murray set for Rotterdam second-round clash with world No 8 Andrey Rublev
Murray and Rublev’s only other meeting was in 2017.
Novak Djokovic unlikely to return to action before clay season as there ‘is no need to take any risks’
Novak Djokovic unlikely to feature at the Miami Open.
Tennis Top 10
Top 10 oldest No 1 ATP players: Novak Djokovic now the second oldest No 1, but will he catch Roger Federer?
Roger Federer currently holds the record.
Goran Ivanisevic slams media for ‘thrashing’ Novak Djokovic, rating 2021 Australian Open as his ‘sweetest’
Goran Ivanisevic takes aim at the media.
Ashleigh Barty pulls out of Dubai tournament, but hopes to defend Miami Open title
Ashleigh Barty won’t be travelling to the Middle East.
Roger Federer to skip Miami Open as he opts to ‘slowly work his way back’ following injury
Roger Federer won’t feature at the Miami Open.
‘I’m playing for my career’ – Honest Andy Murray admits retirement question is lingering
Andy Murray fought back to beat Robin Haase in Rotterdam.
Andy Murray hits back to win first round match against Robin Haase in Rotterdam
The former world No 1 finished strongly.
Battling Andy Murray shows his old fighting spirit to beat Robin Haase in Rotterdam
Andy Murray fought back from a set down.
Daniil Medvedev closing in on career milestone as he returns to action this week
Daniil Medvedev hits the top two in ATP Rankings.