CoCo Vandeweghe Tries For Her Own Grand Slam At U.S. Open
"A bad workman always blames his tools."
--Old English Proverb
Long Island-born CoCo Vandeweghe is currently at her highest ranking (32) in the world, and made it to the quarters at Wimbledon this summer. So she had high hopes for the U.S. Open. Or at least hopes of making it past a second round match against the multi-colored hair of Bethanie Mattek-Sands, a woman 7 years her senior. So when she got down five-love in the first set, she did this:
For those of you scoring at home, that's one slam on the chair, four on the ground, and then an extra one as an encore at the urging of the crowd. And that was after she raised her arms in an "Are you not entertained?" gesture. CoCo's explanation was, "I had nervous, pent-up energy and I let it rip." Yes you did. But as it turns out, the senseless racket violence did nothing to improve her game, and CoCo lost easily, 6-2, 6-1. That may mean her attitude got in the way of her talent, which would be a shame.
The rest of Coco Vandeweghe's rackets are scrambling for safety.
— Scott Cacciola (@ScottCacciola) September 2, 2015
Come to think of it, she was pretty vocal in her loss at Wimbledon, slamming Maria Sharpova for poor sportsmanship. If I had to guess, I'd say the New Yorker's boorish behavior isn't going to change any time soon, and perhaps we've finally found the new John McEnroe.
Wait a minute. Slamming Sharpova at Wimbledon... Slamming her racket at the U.S. Open... Perhaps "CoCo Mac" is going for a true Grand Slam this year. Good luck with that.
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David Young has been a columnist for ESPN and Sports Illustrated and is one for SportsGrid.
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