US Open 2021: Coach Patrick Mouratoglou on Stefanos Tsitsipas's chances, Coco Gauff's growth

The 2021 United States Open got underway on Monday as tennis’ Grand Slam fiscal year inches towards its conclusion. This year’s competition in Queens will provide fans a take a look at the sport without 4 of its greatest icons. Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal each withdrew from the United States Open with injuries. The last time there was a US Open without the quartet was a quarter century back.

Despite the loss in star power, the United States Open is still boasting a lot of appealing stories (Novak Djokovic’s mission for a calendar Slam and profession Grand Slam titles leader, Naomi Osaka’s return and defense of her 2020 title) and young gamers getting in the competition with increasing stock, consisting of 2 of coach Patrick Mouratoglou’s own gamers, Cori “Coco” Gauff and Stefanos Tsitsipas. 

In an interview with CBS Sports, Mouratoglou shared the outlook for his gamers in addition to how he’s assisting grow the sport of tennis.

In 2019, Gauff went into the general public awareness when she beat Venus Williams at Wimbledon at simply 15-years-old. Now, Gauff’s advancement has her moving beyond juniors champions to working her method to ending up being a leading gamer. Mouratoglou has actually understood Gauff considering that she initially showed up to his Academy in France at the age of 10, and he understood at that time, that she was an unique gamer. With Gauff’s continuous increase, Mouratoglou does not believe it will be long prior to she wins her very first Grand Slam title.

“It’s been a good year [for Coco],” Mouratoglou informed CBS Sports. “Coco was further in the rankings, but now she’s top 20 and seeded [21] at the Open. When everything goes very fast, it’s a good sign.

In 2021, 17-year-old American sensation Coco Gauff put together another promising year of play.

“She’s going even more and even more every competition so you feel she’s arriving. She has the video game, it’s simply a marathon to get a Grand Slam and for a young gamer, it’s hard to be constant throughout a marathon however if she has the ability to correspond, she can arrive, she can win one. I’m extremely sure that she is going to win her very first Grand Slam quickly.”

Since her increase to prominence, Gauff was had the ability to make enhancements to her video game, gathering more control in rallies and dealing with her 2nd serve, which had actually been irritating for the child in the past. Gauff saw her finest surface this season at the French Open (Gauff is most comfy on clay having actually won her juniors title at the 2018 French Open) when she lost to ultimate champ Barbora Krejčíková in a tight quarterfinals match. She was the youngest gamer to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal considering that Nicole Vaidišová at the 2006 French Open. 

At this year’s United States Open, Gauff combated her method through a tight three-set (5-7, 6-3, 6-4) win over Magda Linette in the preliminary however got a ruthless second-round draw when she was compared with 2017 United States Open champ Sloane Stephens.

Experience thrived in the set’s first-ever match and Stephens subdued Gauff with her blazing forehand. In 66 minutes, Stephens got the 6-4, 6-2 win. Despite the early exit in songs, Gauff is still contending in the females’s doubles competition with her partner Caty McNally.

Along with Gauff, Mouratoglou is dealing with another young, amazing gamer in 23-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas. Tsitsipas is likewise getting in the United States Open with a great deal of momentum after an extremely effective Slam season. Included in the group of the extensively promoted ‘Next Gen’ gamers, Tsitsipas is among the youngest gamers in the ATP’s leading 20 and reached a career-high ranking of No. 3 worldwide this year.

Mouratoglou, who coaches along with Tsitsipas’ dad, Apostolos Tsitsipas, stated that this year, Tsitsipas continued to make development and it reveals due to the fact that of his increase in the rankings.

“For Stefanos, he’s close [to a Grand Slam title] because he’s No. 3 in the world,” Mouratoglou informed CBS Sports. “He played semifinals in the last two tournaments [ATP Masters 1000 in Cincinnati and Canada] in two very close matches.” 

Stefanos Tsitsipas is among the favorites behind Novak Djokovic to take house the guys’s songs crown at the 2021 United States Open.

Despite Djokovic’s supremacy in the guys’s video game, Mouratoglou thinks that this year’s United States Open guys’s field is large open:

“The pressure starts to really be big on [Djokovic] because now he’s playing for history, he’s playing to have one more Grand Slam than [Federer and Nadal] and he’s in a position to become the greatest of all time so that’s a huge pressure. I can feel that the pressure is getting bigger and bigger for him. And at the same time, young guys are getting closer to him in terms of level. Stefanos played five sets against him in Roland Garros, [Alexander] Zverev beat him at the Tokyo Olympics. [Djokovic] had tough matches also against [Daniil] Medvedev so those three guys that are supposed to be the future top of the game are getting closer and closer to him.”

Tsitsipas, Medvedev and Zverev are 3 of the very best gamers on the guys’s trip today who have yet to win a Grand Slam champion. Medvedev, 25, ranked No. 2 worldwide is a two-time Grand Slam finalist (2021 Australian Open vs. Djokovic and 2019 United States Open vs. Nadal) while Zverev, 24, is ranked No. 4 and was a finalist at the 2020 United States Open (lost to Dominic Thiem). Tsitsipas, as Mouratoglou discussed, completed runner-up to Djokovic at the 2021 French Open.

Tsitsipas, in specific nevertheless, is the youngest gamer to have actually beat all of the Big Three. Tsitsipas finished the accomplishment prior to he was 21 years of ages; he beat Nadal in the 2021 Australian Open quarterfinals in 5 sets, beat Federer at the 2019 Nitto ATP Finals in London and beat Djokovic at the 2019 ATP Masters 1000 in Shanghai.

The 2021 United States Open is arranged to happen from August 30 to September 12. The females’s songs last is arranged for Saturday, Sept. 11, with the guys’s songs last on Sunday, Sept. 12. Stay as much as date with the current information relating to the American Grand Slam here.

Last year, Dominic Thiem beat Alexander Zverev in 5 sets to win the guys’s songs champion while Naomi Osaka beat Victoria Azarenka in 3 sets to take house the females’s songs champion. Thiem will miss this year’s United States Open as he handles a wrist injury, on the other hand Osaka is thought about to be among the favorites in the females’s field.

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