USTA CEO says Pegula, Gauff have ‘legitimate shot’ at winning US Open
U.S. Tennis Association executive director and CEO Lew Sherr says the energy from Serena Williams’ exit last week has transitioned into ‘incredible excitement’ for new legacies.
After Serena Williams aced her career and played her final game, set and match at the U.S. Open last week, the U.S. Tennis Association [USTA] executive director and CEO discussed the "incredible excitement" surrounding the new faces of the sport.
"We're so fortunate in that Serena gave our fans an opportunity to truly celebrate her impact on the sport on the largest stage we have in our game here at the U.S. Open," USTA’s Lew Sherr told FOX Business’ Maria Bartiromo in an interview on "Mornings with Maria" Tuesday.
"You felt that energy last week, but as we've transitioned from last week into this week," Sherr continued, "you're seeing incredible excitement right now around Coco Gauff, Frances Tiafoe, who just defeated Rafa Nadal last night. It's been an extraordinary event."
Williams’ decades-long career has left a lasting impact on the sport, with the U.S. Open seeing record attendance, ratings and merch sales this year, as well as soaring USTA participation numbers, according to the CEO.
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Heading into finals week at the U.S. Open, conversations are moving towards Coco Gauff’s "tremendous trajectory," Sherr noted, and the two other Americans remaining in the tournament, Jessica Pergula and Frances Tiafoe.