John McEnroe urges Coco Gauff to work with Chris Evert to achieve major goal – ‘I think it’s a great idea’

Coco Gauff in action Credit: Alamy
Coco Gauff in action Credit: Alamy

John McEnroe has identified a few areas that Coco Gauff can improve in order to realise her dream of winning a Grand Slam – including working with tennis great Chris Evert as the former world No 1 “knows a thing or two about winning majors”.

Gauff has been tipped for great things ever since she burst onto the scene at Wimbledon in 2019, reaching the fourth round on her main draw debut after becoming the youngest player to qualify for the grass-court major at the age of 15 years and three months.

Her progress has been steady as she won her maiden WTA Tour singles title before she turned 16 and added another trophy in 2019. Last year she reached her maiden Grand Slam final, finishing runner-up to world No 1 Iga Swiatek at the French Open, while she was also a runner-up in the doubles at Roland Garros.

The American also qualified for the WTA Finals for the first time on the back of reaching a career-high of No 4 in the rankings, however she failed to win any matches at the season-ending event.

Gauff, though, finished the year at No 7, not bad achievement after starting 2022 outside the top 20.

Tennis great McEnroe feels the 18-year-old is moving in the right direction, but says 18-time Grand Slam winner Evert could push her onto greater things.

“We’re all looking forward to seeing what happens with Coco Gauff and looking at her career trajectory, it’s been great,” the seven-time major champion told Eurosport.

“It hasn’t happened as fast as some people think, but it’s still an upward trajectory. Okay, she didn’t have a great WTA Finals, but all in all, she made some great progress. She got to a French Open final, she has improved, obviously, she needs to improve more. She will – she’s 18.

“There is a huge upside that includes winning majors. It’s not just going to happen. There are certain things that need to take place in her head and in her game. Chris Evert knows a thing or two about winning majors, so perhaps they can carve out some time to work on some things, I think that’s a great idea.

“Take some pressure off because, obviously, there are some very lofty expectations for her. So I think a less-is-more approach, a slower approach for her would be better for her right now, for her family. I would think the idea would be to keep around for 15 years.”

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