Coco Gauff greets the wise words of Roger Federer
LINZ (Austria): Coco gauff acclaimed Roger Federer by his words of wisdom when the 15-year-old American prodigy became the youngest champion on Sunday Wta Tour since 2004.
Gauff defeated the winner of Roland Garros 2017 Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 in the Linz final for her first title.
The teenager is managed by Federer's Team8 and even shares an Italian pasta sponsor with the main winner 20 times.
On Sunday, he revealed that an animated talk by the Swiss superstar, after suffering a heartbreaking defeat in the first round of the 2018 Australian Open junior event, helped her on a road that this year saw her reach the last 16 at Wimbledon and US Open third round.
He gave me some advice at the Australian Open in 2018 when I lost in the first round (after being among the favorites), Gauff recalled.
He told me not to focus too much on pressure or outside drama. It gave me some perspective.
Now I try to enjoy the tennis and I hardly think of that fist defeat two years later. Gauff, meanwhile, confirmed that he is 100 percent ready to play in Luxembourg this week. Wta event in which you will enjoy a professional classification within the 70 best.
She started the week in Linz with 110 in the world and was originally prepared for an early departure from Austria after losing in the qualifying rounds before grabbing a lifeguard as a lucky loser.
Of course, I'm playing 100 percent in Luxembourg, said Gauff, whose rise has been meteoric: at the end of 2018, he was 686 years old in the world.
I'm excited, it will be my last event of the year. I'm also playing doubles there (with my usual partner Caty McNally).
"This is the opportunity to see how I perform at back-to-back tournaments." Gauff's career timetable has suddenly shifted into overdrive, with her breakthrough Wta trophy coming much more quickly than might have been expected.
My goal was the top 100 and enter the main draw of at least one Grand Slam, said the player, who has now earned a place in the main draw of the January Australian Open.
I have achieved all those goals this year, now I need to work to improve my game.
I have been through what was supposed to be my timeline for the next two years. It has been crazy.
I did not expect to be in the Tour in general at this time, said the 2018 French Open junior champion.
Gauff, coached by her father, said she expects to start gaining confidence as she gets more accustomed to the Wta circuit.
I am new to the Tour and I have not faced many players. I am sure that the more games I play, the more confidence I will have and the more experience I will have.