Coco Gauff in brutal tennis ‘pre-season’ training just two weeks after WTA Finals misery

Coco Gauff has quickly put her WTA Finals disappointment behind her by jumping straight into pre-season training for her next campaign. The American teenager landed the first grand slam of her embryotic career in September when she beat Arnya Sabalenka to win the US Open in New York.

But the world No. 3 could not follow it up with success at the season-ending WTA Finals in Cancun, where she was knocked out in the semi-finals by her doubles partner and fellow American Jessica Pegula 6-2, 6-1.

If had been a similar story at the China Open last month with world No. 1 Iga Swiatek defeating Gauff at the semi-final stage 6-2, 6-3, but the 19-year-old has already put those near-misses behind her by starting her 2024 campaign preparations early.

Gauff posted a photograph of herself on Instagram wearing an oxygen mask on a running machine at the Barwis Performance Centre in Florida. The photo was captioned: “preseason day 1. we back.”

One social media user suggested that Gauff was undertaking a Vo2 Max test on the machine, a process which measures aerobic fitness levels by determining how much oxygen the body can absorb during exercise.