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“No, he did not choose Zendaya over me” – Coco Gauff clarifies coach Brad Gilbert’s absence in Stuttgart as he attends ‘Challengers’ premiere in LA



Coco Gauff has explained the reason behind her coach Brad Gilbert’s conspicuous absence from her player box at the 2024 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart.Following a first-round bye, No. 3 seed Gauff took on compatriot Sachia Vickery in her opening match at the WTA 500 event. The 20-year-old displayed resilience, claiming a hard-fought 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 victory over Vickery to advance to the quarterfinals.



The American explained that she requested Gilbert to take a “step back” to allow former French tennis player Jean-Christophe Faurel, who had worked with her in 2019, to handle one tournament independently as a recent addition to her coaching setup.

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