Coco Gauff’s initial concerns about the US Open hotel bubble have been eased after the 16-year-old told reporters “there’s plenty to do”.
Gauff, who will meet Maria Sakkari in the first round of the Cincinnati Masters later today (Saturday), saids the conditions had “
“It’s definitely exceeded my expectations”.
“At the hotel they have a lot of activities for us to do, which I was a little bit worried about that, that there wouldn’t be anything to do besides Netflix. They actually have a lot of things to do.
“The bubble has been great. The tournament, the USTA, has done a great job with everything.
“On-site they have a lot of outdoor games, basketball, pool, soccer, paddle tennis, bean bag. They have a cool nine-hole mini golf course, which is pretty cool.
“At the hotel they have PS4, ping-pong, typical arcade games. They also have karaoke. I don’t think that’s been a big hit because I don’t think anybody wants to go up and sing in front of everybody in the tournament.”
As for there lack of fans at the vent, Gauff has a plan for that well.
“You’re going to have to be your biggest cheerleader out on the court,” she said.
“That’s what I’m going to try to do, keep positive, cheer myself on when moments get tough.
“I mean, it’s still tennis, the same court, the same balls regardless if there’s fans or not.”