Coco Gauff makes interesting observation on how negativity may be impacting her


Coco Gauff admits she is “very stubborn” and added that she actually may be feeding from negativity. Moments after winning the US Open, 19-year-old Gauff had a special message for those who were apparently saying she was “just a hype” and would never become a Grand Slam champion. Also, Gauff told those people directly that she knew their usernames on social media. This week in Beijing, Gauff returned to action for the first time since winning the title at Flushing Meadows. On Monday, Gauff ousted Ekaterina Alexandrova 7-5 6-3 in the Beijing first round. Reflecting on her recent success, Gauff suggested that critics and doubters gave her the extra motivation to accomplish what she just did. 

Gauff: It’s weird but maybe I feed from negativity

“I feel like my brain just works different. I still have the filters on my Instagram. I don’t see anything. I see the comments. I used to not be on Twitter at all. I’m still really not on Twitter much. But sometimes you get caught up in the scroll. The way the page is, the accounts that you interact with, you see yourself. I interact with tennis a lot obviously, so those tweets come up. Obviously I see about myself, positive and negative. I wouldn’t say negativity is something that’s welcome. It’s more, I don’t know, something that I draw inspiration from. I wouldn’t recommend everybody to do that. Most of the time it’s negative things, but it’s not like life-threatening things. Some of those comments can get out of hand. But for the most part, I don’t know, it’s weird, maybe I feed from negativity. That’s weird. A lot of players don’t like it. For me, I’m very stubborn. I like to argue. I like to prove people wrong. My agent and my team advise not to comment back, so I use my racket to do it,” Gauff said, via Tennis Majors.

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