Coco Gauff played in the Roland Garros final last year but her chances of repeating it this year look rather slim.
Gauff hasn't played that well in recent weeks or this year in general. There have been many matches where she disappointed with her level seemingly stuck without improving much. The forehand is a very glaring weakness and players are aware of it.
She'll need that weapon in her arsenal if she wants to get where she wants to and perhaps Patrick Mouratoglou could help her with that. The French coach is a very prominent face in the tennis community helping several players elevate their game.
He's been spotted in her box in Rome and even in Madrid and when asked about it ahead of Paris, Gauff confirmed that he's been helping her out in the past few weeks. He'll be with her during the Roland Garros stretch as well.
We started after Madrid and it was just through the clay season he's helping me out. I'm going in between coaches, to be honest. I haven't really found a full-time coach, I guess. Obviously, he's still with Holger. But I have a great relationship with Patrick. I have known him since I was 10 years old and obviously been on the court with him before. I thought he would be a perfect person to help me during this time.
Gauff has been without a coach for a while and while her goal is to find a new coach it was never going to be the top priority for her. Getting the decision right is more important than getting it fast. It's going to be interesting how Gauff does under Mouratoglou due to their long history and his propensity to make players play great. She's certainly excited about it.
Yeah, I'm looking forward to the next two weeks with him.