In a video shared by the American teen sensation, Coco Gauff; it appears as if the 16-year-old is straining every bone in her body to get herself in top shape ahead of the year’s first Grand Slam.
In the footage, Gauff is seen on a practice court with her team, nailing her groundstrokes under the watchful eyes of her coach. She is running around the court, striking her forehands and backhands, as her coach keeps lobbing balls to the far corners of the court.
Coco Gauff could be the fourth youngest to win a Grand Slam
Coming off a long pandemic-induced break, Gauff reached the fourth round of the WTA Abu Dhabi event before going out in straight sets to in-form Greek tennis star Maria Sakkari.
However, the American teen is widely regarded as one of the best young talents coming out of the American women’s tennis circuit. Currently at 48th, she would be determined to move further up the ranking scale.
A championship win at Melbourne Park this year would put her in an elite club of 16-year-olds or less to have won a Grand Slam championship. At 16 years and 117 days, she will, in fact, be the fourth-youngest after Martina Hingis, Monica Seles and Tracy Austin to have lifted a Major crown if she succeeds.
Serena Williams won her maiden Grand Slam title at 17 years and 350 days. The round-of-32 exit at WTA Abu Dhabi has only deepened Coco’s resolve to open her Grand Slam account. Though she couldn’t go all the way in the Saudi capital, the 16 year-old is set to use her wins as a head momentum into the Australian Open starting on February 8th.