Rick Macci knows Serena Williams very well, so he knows what he’s talking about when he compares the American to her compatriot, Coco Gauff. The 19-year-old has made significant changes on the circuit, including his first Grand Slam at the US Open. However, for Macci it’s too early to consider her the “future Serena Williams.”
Coco Gauff He dazzled the world by winning his first Grand Slam at the age of 19, able to make a qualitative leap in his short career. The American made great strides in 2023 and it was only a matter of time before he scored a victory of this nature. Because of this great success, Gauff is considered a serious contender to follow in the footsteps of Serena Williams. However, Rick Macci former coach of the winner of 23 Grand Slams, believes that it is wrong to consider Gauff “the next Serena Williams”, because she is still far away.
Gauff, the best player in the WTA
“She’s faster than fast, one of the best competitors and, in my opinion, the best athlete there is on the women’s circuit. Will she win more Grand Slams? Absolutely. Especially when seen you have Swiatek upset or suffering some kind of injury. I think the women’s game is very different. Everything is very open. I think Naomi Osaka will come back and do some damage and Sofia Kenin will be back there. “I think the circuit is very versatile, except Iga because she has proven her worth, but Coco has the ability to win many Slams,” he said in an interview with Tennis Infinity.
Comparison to Serena Williams
“When people say she’s the next Serena… That’s a leap. I don’t think you can say that. Even though she had a good run at the US Open and won all the tournaments, she almost lost in the first round at the US Open. And I told a lot of people: it’s seven o’clock, at Arthur Ashe, Billie Jean King and the celebration of equality of the prize, incredible pressure. He won in three sets and people are just talking about how great he is played badly. I look at it differently and that’s a little bit of gold in his pocket for the rest of his career.