The British No.1 notes that Gauff is no deer in the headlights on the Grand Slam stage.
“I know she's very mature for her age,” she said. “That's why she's able to compete at the level she's competing. She's physically and mentally mature enough to deal with the demands we have on tour. Obviously she's going to just keep getting better and better.”
Gauff’s maturity has helped unlock her game on the court, and it has also helped her find her voice off of it. When tennis shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic this spring, Gauff’s personal growth continued.
Backing up her promise to always use her platform for good, Gauff has spoken out against racial injustice in the US and become a leading voice for equality on the WTA Tour.
“I believe we have a future leader, role model, and activist in Coco Gauff,” seven-time Roland-Garros champion Chris Evert tweeted in May. “At the young age of 16, she is showing up in the fight against racial prejudice. She could champion human rights and still be a champion in tennis. I believe she can be an inspiration and do it all.”