At just 19 years old, Coco Gauff has already caught the world’s eye with her impressive tennis skills. Despite facing criticism and receiving praise, she remains focused and determined. She recently won the US Open title in September, a well-deserved moment after dedicating herself to hard work throughout the season. While fame can bring both positive and negative attention, Gauff has developed a special approach to handling any negativity that comes her way.
During the current season, the American athlete faced criticism for making multiple alterations to her coaching team during the season. Furthermore, she has received a combination of positive and negative responses from both followers and detractors on social media. This is her approach to handling adverse feedback on social platforms.
Coco Gauff shares her strategy for coping with negativity.
The current winner of the US Open is currently participating in the WTA 1000 China Open in Beijing. In a recent interview at the event, she shared that she does not let negative feedback affect her, but rather uses it as motivation.
She mentioned, “I don’t believe that negativity is a desirable thing… rather, it’s something that fuels my creativity. However, I wouldn’t advise everyone to do the same.”
Additionally, she stated, “Certain comments can become excessive. However, on the whole, I’m not sure, it’s strange, perhaps I thrive on negativity. That’s odd. Many athletes dislike it. As for me, I am very determined. I enjoy debating and proving others wrong. My agent and team advise me not to respond, so I let my racquet do the talking.”
According to Coco Gauff, she turns negative feedback into motivation and allows her racquet to speak for her.
I feel like my thought process is unique. I still have the filters on my Instagram, so I am not able to see everything. However, I am able to see the comments.
I used to be completely absent from Twitter. I am still not very active on it… pic.twitter.com/1hKdHvuwI2
— The Tennis Letter (@TheTennisLetter) October 2, 2023
Gauff has previously discussed her experience handling negativity. She shared that she draws inspiration from other WTA players to navigate these kinds of situations.
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Gauff reflects on adopting Naomi Osaka’s mindset.
At last year’s Miami Open, the third ranked player in the world shared that she was inspired by Osaka and adopted a similar mindset to handle challenging situations. She explained, “I don’t usually pay attention to commentary during my matches, and I try to avoid certain platforms during tournaments where people might criticize me for things I can or cannot do.”
Gauff advanced to the second round of the China Open with ease, defeating Zhang.Ekaterina
Will Gauff be able to win the China Open and secure two consecutive titles? Share your thoughts in the comments about her upcoming match against Petra Martic from Croatia in the opening round.
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