Coco Gauff is a young American tennis star who rose to fame after achieving victory over the legend herself, Venus Williams, in the opening round of the Wimbledon 2019. Gauff is the youngest player to be a part of the WTA’s top 100 rankings.
The 16-year-old performed exceptionally well in the tour last year and showed courage as she reached the fourth round of the Wimbledon 2019. She became the youngest player to reach the fourth round of the women’s singles at Wimbledon since Jennifer Capriati in 1991.
Gauff is a prodigy and was seen as a potential tennis star owing to her slams’ performance. But some people have shown concern considering her loss of form recently as she lost in the second round against Italian Martina Trevisan.
Chris Evert, the former no.1 and 18-time grand slam singles champion, has had one of the most remarkable careers and was a phenomenal player as a child herself. While speaking at Eurosport Cube, Evert commented on the potential cause of downfall in Gauff’s form.
“I Think a Lot of it Her(Gauff) Nerves and Just Being Young”: Chris Evert
According to her, Coco does not seem as fearless and free as she was last year. After beating Williams, she now has a target on her back.
“It’s been interesting since COVID and the re-start of tennis, she hasn’t had the fearlessness of last year when she beat all the top players such as Venus Williams. She played with the kind of abandonment, played very freely. Everybody else was very nervous against her, and now she has the target on her back.”, Evert said.
Evert feels that the first year is always more comfortable as her game was unknown to the players, and she played freely. Moreover, she could be facing many nerves as she is still young and not that experienced.
“The freshman year is always easier; after that, the players know her game; she had a few problems with her second serve in this tournament. I think a lot of it her nerves and just being young.”, she added.