American teenage prodigy Coco Gauff says she spends less time on social media now as she focuses on defining her own path to tennis success.
At the age of 15 at Wimbledon in 2019, she knocked out her idol and five-time champion Venus Williams after becoming the youngest professional-era player to survive the draw.
Her dream Grand Slam turf race continued through the fourth round, and the following year she reached the same stage at the Australian Open on the hard courts at Melbourne Park.
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Expectations for Gauff, now 17, remained high – and she also became a leading voice in the fight against racial injustice in America last year, speaking out at rallies and using her platforms. of social media to get their message out.
Now, however, she is focusing more on her tennis and choosing to use social media less in order to stifle chatter from strangers.
“I think I was just trying not to be on social media so much because a lot of people have opinions about you and how they think you should be playing,” Gauff told reporters ahead of the Volvo Car Open. .
“But I think it’s important that you focus on your journey, your path, and you’re going to have a different path than other players. That’s what I’ve been working on lately, it’s just to focus on my journey and my path. “
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Gauff, currently ranked 36th in the world – a spot below the career-best ranking she reached last month – said she was ready to be patient in her attempt to succeed.
“I think you want quick results, but I also continue to develop my game and figure out how I want to play on the pitch and how I want to build my points,” she added.
“So it’s definitely a learning process and I feel like with each tournament, even though some tournaments that I don’t do as well as others, I feel like with each one. I am improving and getting closer to my game and knowing what I like to do. ”
Additional reports courtesy of Reuters
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