Coco Gauff at Roland Garros.

Coco Gauff’s Roland Garros prep couldn’t have gone much better. The 25th-ranked American beat Maria Sakkari, Aryna Sabalenka and world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty at the prestigious Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome (before falling in a tight two-setter to Iga Swiatek), and she went all the way—in both singles and doubles—at the nearby WTA 250 in Parma. As you may have guessed, Gauff lifted the doubles trophy alongside her regular partner, Caty McNally.

McNally and Gauff have now won three WTA doubles titles in their remarkably brief careers. Given their chemistry, they would have been a viable darkhorse pick to go deep at Roland Garros. But “McCoco” was forced to wait another year, as McNally was injured during singles qualifying.

Enter VeCoco.

Both Venus Williams and Gauff will play their first singles matches on the terre battue on Tuesday, but their most anticipated match is their surprise doubles pairing. The 40-year-old and the 17-year-old will face the 13th-seeded team of Zheng Saisai and Ellen Perez on Wednesday, and unlike the empty stadium you see in this video, VeCoco will draw as packed a crowd as possible:


In the latest episode of "In Their Shoes" from New Balance, Coco Gauff explains what she's looking to improve in her game, in order to succeed at Roland Garros.

Venus and Coco have shared a Grand Slam court twice before, with Gauff winning first-round matches at Wimbledon, in 2019, and at the Australian Open a year later. Now, they'll win or lose together.

The veteran champion-plus-rising star pairing isn’t the only notable one at Roland Garros, with fellow American Jennifer Brady teaming with Barty, and defending singles champion Swiatek teaming with doubles standout Bethanie Mattek-Sands: