The tennis clay season was over before it got started, with a 4-month suspension (through June 7th) due to the coronavirus pandemic. In a bold move, the French Federation made a unilateral decision to reschedule the French Open 2020 to September 20 — October 4, starting just one week after the US Open ends. This decision not only clashes directly with 18 other hard court tournaments — including the Laver Cup — but it forces players to undergo a very quick and difficult transition from hard to clay courts.
Many players have taken to social media to voice their disappointment, however, rising star Coco Gauff remains upbeat and pragmatic at the prospect of playing back to back Grand Slams.
“It’s not ideal”: Coco Gauff
American tennis sensation Coco Gauff first caught the attention of the tennis world when she beat Venus Williams in the first round of the Wimbledon Championships 2019. Coco went on to prove that her victory was no fluke by defeating the defending champion, Naomi Osaka, at the Australian Open 2020. The 16-year-old wants more titles by her name and is determined to play in more major tournaments to get them, regardless of when they take place.
“I’d rather play back to back Slams than no Slams at all… It’s not ideal, but, yeah.”
With tennis in total lockdown mode until early June, Coco has shifted her training and preparation from clay courts to grass, with her sights set on her first Slam victory at Wimbledon.