▪McEnroe claimed that if Gauff were to pull off another major upset at US OPEN, it would be bad for everyone involved.
"I hope Coco Gauff loses tomorrow, personally. I actually think it would be bad for the sport of tennis if the defending champion who's struggling—I know she’s got a knee issue—but that would be devastating to her, and she’s the one we were talking about last year like Coco Gauff. If Coco Gauff at 15 can beat the defending champion, break down the defending champion? In my opinion, too much too soon, less is more."
▪McEnroe believed that Gauff's rapid success at such a young age could be detrimental to her career, as it would be difficult for her to keep up that momentum into adulthood.
"Hopefully her parents are taking it slow because, to me, in four or five years, she’s going to be world No. 1. What are the odds of her being able to—if she were hypothetically to win a US Open—be able to maintain something like that with all the expectations that were put on her and everything that comes with that? I’d say like a million to one."
"I’m just saying. She shouldn’t be as good as Osaka yet at 15."