Macci is familiar with Gauff and her father. He previously expressed how promising she is as a player.
“I know Coco and her father, we’re all in Florida. She is the best pure athlete running on the WTA Tour. What that means is when you’re nervous, you can still play offense and defense. She can run, she’s a track star that has a tennis racket in her hand reminds me a lot of Venus as far as the strides and the running goes,” Macci told Tennis-Infinity.com in 2022.
“Forehand can be a little suspect, serve can kind of go off a little bit. Coco is going to win some Grand Slams there’s no doubt about it. She’s only 18, she’s gonna get better. But to dominate the game, I would like to see her play closer to the baseline, dictate, cut the court, take the ball early, hit the ball cleaner. She counter punches a lot and that’s a tougher way to make a living and to become a champion.”