Renowned tennis coach Eric Riley believes that Coco Gauff must make substantial improvements to her game in order to stand a chance of winning a Grand Slam title in 2024.Gauff’s stellar 2023 season culminated in her claiming a 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over Aryna Sabalenka in the US Open final to clinch her maiden Grand Slam title. Her success has carried over into 2024, as she successfully defended her title at the ASB Classic to kick off the year.
Riley then stated that Gauff’s coach, Brad Gilbert, who previously worked with the likes of Andre Agassi and Andy Roddick, would ensure that the 19-year-old doesn’t regress.
“Obviously, Coco Gauff having Brad Gilbert in her corner, who’s an experienced coach, that’s really going to be good for them because he’s not going to let her slip,” he said.
Riley further suggested that Gilbert would be keenly aware that Coco Gauff’s performance to win the 2023 US Open title wouldn’t be enough for her to win her second Grand Slam title in 2024. He asserted that the World No. 3 needed to address her weaknesses and make the necessary improvements in order to achieve success this season.
“Because he understands that what won the US Open, the quality of the work she did to win the US Open [in 2023] is not going to win in 2024, it’s not going to win a Major. So, Brad knows that and she’s going to have to play better this year and she’s going to have to improve,” he said.