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“Takes Me Back to Juniors” – Coco Gauff on Playing Behind the Closed Doors



Playing without a crowd reminds Gauff of her days on the junior circuit. “It really takes me back to Juniors, when we didn’t have any big crowds or anything,” Gauff continued.


At the same time, it weighs even more on Gauff to play without a crowd in a big stadium. Playing on the smaller outside courts without the presence of fans and spectators is not as ‘weird’ for the 16-year-old.

“But for me, it’s more weird to play in an empty stadium than in an empty outside court…it’s kind of awkward,” Gauff added.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – September 27, 2020 Coco Gauff of the U.S. celebrates during her first round match against Britain’s Johanna Konta

Proving her mettle again


To hear a 16-year-old refer to the juniors circuit as something of the past is quite unusual. But such has been Gauff’s rise over the last two seasons. While she still has work to do to be a competitor for major titles, Gauff showed in her match against Siniakova, why she is considered a future star.


She overcame a break deficit three times in the opening set itself. Then, when the time came to up the ante, Gauff held her nerve and won two straight games to close out the set. She raised her level further in the second set, did not allow Siniakova a way back, and sealed her place in the next round.


Gauff faces an even tougher opponent in the third round – third seed Aryna Sabalenka.

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