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Coco Gauff: US Open champion keen to end clay-court trophy drought ahead of French Open | Tennis News

Coco Gauff is full of optimism heading into the clay-court season as she targets a first French Open crown but the American said her immediate focus was on ending her trophy drought.

Gauff last won a title on clay at the Emilia-Romagna Open in 2021, a year before losing in the Roland Garros final to Iga Swiatek.

The 20-year-old will have the chance to end that barren run in Stuttgart this week, with tournaments in Madrid and Rome also on the horizon before the second Grand Slam of the year.

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Gauff enjoys a game of Spikeball with brother Cameron and her team

“For the clay season this year, I’m really optimistic,” she said. “Obviously the goal is to win the French Open, but that’s every season for any top player. Your goals should be to try to win the big tournaments.

“But I’m not looking at French Open right now. I’m focused on Stuttgart. I want to try to win Madrid or Rome or here… I just want to get a recent clay title under my belt. So any of the ones along the next couple weeks would be nice.”

The US Open champion has added former coach Jean-Cristophe Faurel to her team alongside Brad Gilbert, as she looks to add to her major haul in Paris.

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Fans break into song to celebrate Gauff’s 20th birthday

Gauff has posted good results on clay with Faurel in her corner, notably winning the 2018 Roland Garros junior title.

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“It’s nice to have someone on my team that knows me since I was young and knows me well,” added Gauff, who stopped working with the Frenchman in 2020.

“So I’m really excited to have him back on the team.”

The French Open main draw will begin on May 26 with Gauff aiming to go one better than her quarter-final appearance last year.

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A look back at Gauff’s first Grand Slam win at the US Open

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