Cori Gauff spoke in Indian Wells about her preference for Roger Federer, the great US Open of two teenagers (Fernandez and Raducanu) and their illusion of emulating them.
“He is probably one of the most influential players in history. We all know that Roger is the best on and off the court., for the way it has influenced the game, the way they act, their way of responding and treating the media, for teaching how to handle yourself in any situation. All of this is what I try to learn and imitate on my way, ”said the 17-year-old American.
“He’s a great guy, I had the opportunity to talk to him a couple of times and he always proved to be a support for me. Honestly, I don’t have enough words to define Roger, I don’t think anyone has or can say anything bad about him. He is one of the best athletes, players and people I have ever met. I even forget about tennis: he is one of the best in general ”, added the current 19th in the world.
On the recent US Open, defined by two U-20 players, Gauff noted: “It was definitely an inspiring tournament for me, especially since I’m younger than them. It was great to see two competitors on the court who love the game, and neither of them were very present in the media before the tournament. You see them play and you think they will be up there for the next 20 or 30 years. I was very excited to believe that I can do it too “
This Monday against Paula Badosa, Gauff will go in search of the knockout stages of Indian Wells.