Coco Gauff Flips Out On US Open Opponent For Slow Play

Matthew Stockman

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Coco Gauff came into the US Open red-hot, as winners of 2 of her last 3 tournaments. But, in her opening win in three sets of the US Open in prime time Monday evening, it was the slow play of her opponent, Laura Siegemund, that was the main story.

The 19-year-old American is up to number six in the world after winning the Washington Open and Cincinnati Open in August. Entering the tournament, her odds to win her first grand slam hovered around +750.

Those odds were threatened quickly when Siegemund won the first set against Coco Gauff, 6-3, quieting a raucous crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens. Gauff stormed back to win the second set 6-2, but it was the third set people will remember.

At 3-0 40-40 in the third set, Coco Gauff had enough of what she perceived as Siegemund being deliberately slow in between points on Gauff’s serve. And, she made her opinion known to the chair umpire.

The crowd, obviously behind Gauff, went wild. And, later in the third set, Siegemund was given a point penalty for slow play on game point at 4-1, before Coco Gauff held on to win the third set and the match, 6-4.

Next up for Coco Gauff is Mirra Andreeva on Wednesday.