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US Open champion Coco Gauff headlines the US tennis team – Firstpost
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US Open champion Coco Gauff headlines the US tennis team – Firstpost

Coco Gauff argues with the chair umpire over a line call during her French Open semifinal against Iga Swiatek. AP

US Open champion Coco Gauff will lead the US tennis team at the Paris Olympics, three years after missing the Tokyo Games due to a bout of Covid-19.

World number two Gauff will be joined in the women’s singles by fifth-seeded Jessica Pegula, Danielle Collins and Emma Navarro, the US Tennis Association announced on Thursday.

World number 12 Taylor Fritz is the leader in the men’s singles, which also includes Tommy Paul, Christopher Eubanks and Marcos Giron.

Olympic tennis starts on July 27 at Roland Garros, where Gauff fell to world number one and eventual champion Iga Swiatek in the semi-finals of the French Open this month.

Gauff, who finished second to Swiatek at the 2022 French Open, also reached the semifinals at this year’s Australian Open.

The 20-year-old will also be a contender in the women’s doubles and will team up with Pegula on the same courts of Roland Garros where they claimed the French Open doubles title – their fifth doubles title as a team.

Gauff was due to appear at the Tokyo Games aged 17 but tested positive for Covid days before the Olympics began missing “a dream come true”.

Kathy Rinaldi will coach the U.S. Olympic women’s team, which will also feature Collins in doubles with Desirae Krawczyk.

The men will be coached by Bob Bryan, the 2012 Olympic doubles gold medalist. Fritz and Paul will team up in doubles, with the US also represented by Rajeev Ram and Austin Krajicek.

The mixed doubles team will be selected from the qualified players and named at a later date.

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