'Fix Her Forehand': Gauff's Coach Gilbert On Receiving Texts About His Protege

'Fix Her Forehand': Gauff's Coach Gilbert On Receiving Texts About His Protege

by Sebastian Dahlman

Coco Gauff plans to work on her forehand in the off-season, but coach Brad Gilbert doesn't see any reason for it.

Brad Gilbert has a long history in tennis, having worked with some amazing tennis players in his career. He coached Andre Agassi and worked with Andy Murray as well. Coco Gauff recently hired the American to provide advice to her and her relatively young coach, Pere Riba.

All of them clicked pretty quickly and have been on the same page in the past several weeks, which resulted in three trophies for the teenager, including the US Open. Before that, there were some questions about her game, especially around the forehand, which she planned to work on.

Gilbert thought it's sure that it was really needed after observing her play for the past few weeks. You can't just fix a forehand overnight which is part of the reason why he's not entirely sold on the need to do it in the first place.

You can’t just change a grip without changing the arc of the swing, so that’s a big change. My guess is, from what we’ve seen, we don’t need to. I never got so many texts for so many days, saying 'Fix her forehand!' Man, you don’t just fix something like that on the fly.

You know the old, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Well, that's how Gilbert is approaching this Gauff situation. He cited the example of Andy Murray from many years ago as he sees similarities between that situation and this one.

When I started with Andy Murray [in 2006], everybody was telling me, ‘He’s just a pusher.’ And yet he wins. Everybody mentions the forehand criticism about Coco, and yet she wins. I’m certainly not worried about it in any way, shape or form.


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