Tennis News: Coco Gauff's 'limitations' and Carlos Alcaraz rebuilds

  • Gauff discusses "limitations"
  • Alcaraz recalled as being too skinny
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Last week there was an issue at the Miami Open when Sofia Kenin was playing and her father, Alex, who is also her coach would not stop chirping between points. Giving direction is one thing, but too much talking can be distracting. The chair umpire in Kenin's match, which the American lost, finally had to speak with the player about her father's constant talking.

Each coach and player has to learn to adjust to one another's style. Some players do not like to be chatted with much during matches. One of these players is Coco Gauff, whose coach is the excellent Brad Gilbert. Before coaching Gauff, Gilbert also directed other great players like Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick, and Andy Murray, and Gilbert earned a reputation for being talkative during matches.

Gauff wants more to be left alone with some little bits of advice on how to tweak a couple of things. She does not want a lecture while she is playing about what she can do better, however. During a recent conversation with Andy Roddick, according to Tennis Infinity, Gauff spoke about how she had to make sure Gilbert understood what she needed from him while she was on the court.

Coco Gauff discusses Brad Gilbert and Carlos Alcaraz was too thin

Gauff said, "Yeah he is known to talk and yes we do have conversations about the limitations of that and limiting that as much as possible. But it comes in good heart and he's doing better. He's just an older gentleman so it's not something I'm not used to."

Speaking of, well...talking, Roberto Carballes Baena recently answered a few questions about his fellow Spaniard, Carlos Alcaraz, ahead of their second-round match at the Miami Open, which Alcaraz won. Carballes Baena has known Alcaraz for a number of years, but he also remembers when the ATP No. 2 looked a little differently than he does now. Alcaraz is one of the more muscular players on tour, but that wasn't always the case.

Carballes Baena told the media, "I saw (Carlos Alcaraz) play for the first time in Murcia. Carlitos is still the same one I met when he was 15 years old. He is a ten-year-old guy, super simple, friendly and always has a smile, he hasn't changed much. He seemed very skinny and lacked physically, but he had a ball speed that was not normal for someone his age and we did see a different mentality in him."

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