Coco Gauff, the Player to Avoid at French Open 2024

Photo of Coco Gauff gear up for French Open.

Coco Gauff recently competed against the world No. 1, Iga Swiatek, at the Italian Open, where she experienced a defeat. Nonetheless, Alex Corretja is optimistic about Gauff’s prospects at the forthcoming French Open, citing her confidence. Corretja also acknowledges Danielle Collins as a strong adversary, enjoying a successful final season before retiring.

Eurosport’s Alex Corretja suggests that Coco Gauff is the player top-ranked competitors will likely try to avoid at Roland-Garros. As the 2023 US Open champion, Gauff aims for her second Grand Slam title. Ranked third in the world, Gauff faces Aryna Sabalenka and Iga Swiatek, who holds the top spot as world No. 1.

Despite her recent loss to Swiatek in the Italian Open semi-finals, Coco Gauff’s confidence and skillful play, particularly on the clay courts of Paris, present a formidable challenge, according to Corretja.

“When she becomes more confident, it’s vital, and she already understands what’s required to excel in major tournaments, a feat that’s particularly challenging at her young age. For players like Iga or Aryna, having her in the same semi-final draw isn’t favorable because it entails encountering a formidable opponent before reaching the final.”


Danielle Collins is enjoying a successful farewell season on the tennis circuit and is determined to finish her career on a strong note by securing a victory at one of this year’s Grand Slam events.

The American, who reached the runner-up position at the 2022 Australian Open, disclosed her retirement decision in January to focus on starting a family. Since making this announcement, Collins has demonstrated outstanding tennis prowess, resulting in consecutive titles at the Miami Open and Charleston Open.

Talking about Collins’ enhanced performance, Corretja noted, “I think she has struck a good balance between assertiveness and consistency, possibly feeling a sense of relief after revealing her retirement plans.”

He continued, “When confronted with tough circumstances, she exhibits resilience and resolve.” Collins is presently honing her skills for the French Open by competing in the Internationaux de Strasbourg this week, and Corretja sees her as a formidable competitor to keep an eye on at Roland-Garros this year.

Facing an opponent with a potent return and serve can be highly demanding, akin to navigating through a series of explosive challenges. Furthermore, her quick transition to offensive shots after only a few exchanges adds to the difficulty, making the endeavor even more formidable. Her consistent ability to pose a significant threat on the court is evident.


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