US Open 2021: Coach Patrick Mouratoglou on Stefanos Tsitsipas’s chances, Coco Gauff’s growth

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The 2021 US Open got underway on Monday as tennis’ Grand Slam calendar year inches toward its conclusion. This year’s tournament in Queens will give fans a look at the sport without four of its biggest icons. Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal each withdrew from the US Open with injuries. The last time there was a US Open without the quartet was a quarter century ago.

Despite the loss in star power, the US Open is still boasting plenty of intriguing storylines (Novak Djokovic’s quest for a calendar Slam and career Grand Slam titles leader, Naomi Osaka’s return and defense of her 2020 title) and young players entering the tournament with rising stock, including two of coach Patrick Mouratoglou’s own players, Cori “Coco” Gauff and Stefanos Tsitsipas. 

In an interview with CBS Sports, Mouratoglou shared the outlook for his players as well as how he’s helping grow the sport of tennis.

In 2019, Gauff entered the public consciousness when she beat Venus Williams at Wimbledon at just 15-years-old. Now, Gauff’s breakthrough has her moving beyond juniors championships to working her way to becoming a top player. Mouratoglou has known Gauff since she first arrived to his Academy in France at the age of 10, and he knew back then, that she was a special player. With Gauff’s continual rise, Mouratoglou doesn’t think it will be long before she wins her first Grand Slam title.

“It’s been a good year [for Coco],” Mouratoglou told CBS Sports. “Coco was further in the rankings, but now she’s top 20 and seeded [21] at the Open. When everything goes very fast, it’s a good sign.

In 2021, 17-year-old American sensation Coco Gauff put together another promising year of play.

“She’s going further and further every tournament so you feel she’s getting there. She has the game, it’s just a marathon to get a Grand Slam and for a young player, it’s not easy to be consistent during a…



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