‘They’re waking up the sport’ – American sensation Coco Gauff has become aware of Naomi Osaka and Nick Kyrgios’ lasting impact on tennis

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In an exclusive interview, Coco Gauff, the rising star of the WTA Tour, shared her views on the players who inspire her. She revealed the names of two players who have been the subject of controversial incidents, both on and off the pitch. Gauff continues to feel inspired by their fighting spirit.

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The 18-year-old has had a stellar 2022 season. Earlier this year, she became the youngest player since Maria Sharapova to reach the final of a Grand Slam tournament when she qualified for the Roland final Garros. Now, thanks to her consistent performances lately, she has reached a career high of No. 4 in singles and No. 2 in doubles.

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Gauff shares his admiration for Naomi Osaka and Kyrgios

Young American star, Coco Gauff has spoken openly about her admiration for Australian star, Nick Kyrgios on numerous occasions. The Aussie has been in excellent form in 2022 but many fans and pundits say his unstable demeanor on the pitch is preventing him from realizing his full potential. Even though Gauff recognizes this part of his style, she admires how willing he is to live his life as he pleases.

Likewise, Gauff adores Naomi Osaka and is a huge fan of the tennis player. She shared how she frequently texts Osaka. Despite a lackluster season, the Japanese player picked up some notable wins en route to her first final, in Miami, since winning the Australian Open in 2021.

Gauff acknowledged the dynamic support from the players and said they were already changing the sport. In an exclusive interview, she said: “Nick doesn’t care what people say about him. Naomi does not prepare her career for the opinions of others. They wake up the sport, myself included, and I admire them so much for what they have done.

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Gauff also shared how Kyrgios and Osaka are showing the way for the younger generation to be themselves on the pitch.

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Coco Gauff once expressed her opinion regarding Naomi Osaka’s withdrawal from Roland-Garros 2021

Citing deteriorating mental health, the four-time Grand Slam champion withdrew from Roland Garros 2021 ahead of her second-round match. After Osaka’s withdrawal, Gauff expressed her respect for the star player and underlined the Japanese star’s importance to the tennis community.

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Coco Gauff added that Naomi Osaka was the first player to contact her after her spell at Roland Garros. The world number two, at the time, caused a sensation by refusing to fulfill her media duties. She had hinted that she would not attend any press conferences at Roland Garros due to her mental health issues. After that, she took a long hiatus from tennis and is yet to regain her old form.

What do you think of Kyrgios and Osaka? Do you think their antics off the pitch often affect their performance on the Tour?

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