The two-time Grand Slam semi-finalist, Coco Vandeweghe feels the biggest misapprehension about her that she is egotistic but the outspoken American is not letting that get in the way of her quest for a maiden grand slam title at the Australian Open.
American Star is known for her aggressive playing style and bold personality and will get her next shot at that elusive title in January 15-28 at Australian Open.
“I don’t find myself to be arrogant when I’m around people or even walking around, but I seem to get called arrogant a bunch. And that I don’t understand,” Vandeweghe told ESPN on Thursday.
“It doesn’t make me feel great. But at the end of the day, I’ve never been big about what people say about me or let it really affect me. When I was 13 or 14, it bothered me when people made fun of me, like any person. But I know who I am.”
World no 10, who reached the Australian Open and US Open semi-finals in 2017 tarted working with Australian coach Pat Cash last June and credits the former Wimbledon champion with helping change her attitude.
After lost in the Wimbledon quarter-finals former American player Pat Cash convinced her to stick around while others achieved her goal, and now the 26-year-old American is hoping that trick will pay dividends in Melbourne.
“I usually leave on the next flight out after I lose at a grand slam,” Vandeweghe said.
“But he kept me around. It was almost like him pouring salt in the wound. He kept me around there, and I was still practising, and I was seeing all these people win, and I could still hear the crowd and see the stadium. I stayed until the finals.
“Looking back on it, I could say it was (motivation), but in the moment, I was like, ‘I hate every second I’m here’. He kind of likes to play Jedi mind tricks on me.”