Cori Gauff reveals she is trying to learn about exceptional sliding and footwork from Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz. On Wednesday, Gauff claimed an impressive 6-3 6-2 win over rising star Mirra Andreeva in the US Open second round.
This summer, Gauff has been using sliding more frequently on hard. When it comes to footwork and movement, Djokovic has been one of the best at doing it for a long time, while 20-year-old Alcaraz also quickly developed into one of the best movers on the Tour.
Gauff, 19, is very athletic, and although her footwork and movement skills are great, she believes she can further improve it.
Gauff learning about sliding, footwork from Djokovic, Alcaraz
“Yeah, it’s not something I think about, to be honest.
Maybe something that, I don’t know if I’ve done it my whole life. It’s not something that I’ve tried to work on or learn. So it came naturally. I’m assuming it’s something I just learned as a kid. I do know when I was learning how to play on red clay when I was super young in Europe at Mouratoglou Academy they were teaching me how to slide on clay but not necessarily on hard.
I think it’s something as a last resort on hard court you can use. I don’t think sliding is the best thing all the time but it definitely helps you a lot when you’re getting to those balls where you probably don’t have enough time to do that extra step.
Somebody who I look up to a lot movement-wise is definitely Novak and definitely Carlos. I think they’re both people that are seating their fill when it comes to — well, obviously the tennis, but obviously physically and footwork-wise.
It’s something I’m trying to work on. I do think I have the athleticism as them — not like the same as them — but compared to my field. So I’m hoping I can continue to learn by watching them. I was watching Alcaraz last night,” Gauff said.