Tennis news: Anett Kontaveit and Coco Gauff

  • Anett Kontaveit's next project
  • A spectacular Coco Gauff sighting
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Tennis fans miss Anett Kontaveit. The former singles World No. 2 (in 2022) and doubles World No. 95 (in 2020), 28, was forced to retire prematurely from the game in 2023 due to a debilitating back injury. Kontaveit won six WTA titles on her way to becoming the highest-ranked and most successful tennis player in Estonian history. Her sendoff at Wimbledon 2023 was emotional for fans, and her fellow players.

Retired for under a year, Kontaveit has moved on to her next project, a book. She is the second tennis player in less than a week to announce that she authored a book. (Earlier this week, we learned that Venus Williams's book entitled STRIVE is due out in September.) Kontaveit's book, whose title is yet to be publicized, will be released in November 2024 and will detail her journey as a tennis player beginning as a teenager in juniors in 2011 playing against the likes of Ashleigh Barty and Barbora Krejcikova. Video of the book cover photo shoot has been leaked.

Kontaveit experienced many ups and downs in her career so the book will be an interesting must-read for fans wanting to hear the details from her perspective.

Coco Gauff's glorious video

We know that 20-year-old Coco Gauff has been a passionate tennis fan for as long as she has been alive. After her 2023 US Open victory, a video of an eight-year-old Coco dancing in the stands at the US Open was released. In that video, Coco is sitting up high in the stands dancing to Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" tune playing on the loudspeaker on what appears to be Arthur Ashe Kids' Day.

A new video unearthed just days ago sends happy chills down our collective spines and thrilled Coco. In what appears to be a video clip of television coverage from the same year's US Open (2012), Gauff is seen clapping behind Venus Williams's chair during a changeover during her first-round match against Bethanie Mattek-Sands. Young Coco is wearing a shirt that appropriately says "Love Game". Coco has long credited Venus and Serena Williams for inspiring her so she was especially pleased to see this video for the first time and thanked X/Twitter user @Isaac_Williams2 for finding it calling it "so cool!"

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