Coco Gauff can reach the latter stages of the 2023 Roland Garros according to former ATP number one Jim Courier.
Gauff underperformed at the 2023 Italian Open recently and was eliminated in just the third round by 27th seed Marie Bouzkova. The early exit followed a difficult spell for the American player, who also departed from the earlier rounds of other clay events at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix and Madrid Open.
But, despite her dip in form during the 2023 clay season, Gauff has performed well at the Roland Garros in previous campaigns and reached the final last year and the quarter-final in 2021. The 19-year-old has shown her ability to perform on the biggest stage and, when speaking to the Tennis Channel, Courier said this experience will help Gauff to bounce back at Roland Garros this season.
"I feel Coco deserves to be in that discussion, given her run there last year. Obviously, she’s having some difficulties in that singles court right now that, hopefully, she can solve in Paris."
Although Gauff has had difficult spells on the singles court in 2023, she has continued to achieve success on the doubles stage alongside compatriot Jessica Pegula. The duo reached consecutive clay court finals at the Madrid Open and Italian Open but lost on both occasions.
However, Gauff and Pegula have already won the Qatar Open and the Miami Open women's doubles titles this season. Courier believes success in the doubles competitions will give the teenager a boost ahead of Roland Garros.
"The doubles court has been a safe harbor for her to keep confidence. Hopefully, that will give her another good run in Paris."