The Voters' Thoughts
👉 Ten voters from the TENNIS.com editorial team each selected five players for our 2023 WTA Player of the Year vote. Each voters' first-place selection was worth 5 points, second-place vote 4 points, and so forth. Selected commentary from voters will be included in each 2023 WTA Player of the Year write-up.
Overcoming glitches that plagued her game early in the season, the sensational 19-year-old became the first American to win the US Open since Sloane Stephens in 2017.—Peter Bodo
For all the focus on U.S. men’s tennis in 2023, Gauff began a new era of dominance for American women with a perfect summer swing—one that culminated in a fairytale victory in New York City. Long a celebrity, the still-teenaged Coco revamped her game and coaching team to prove she has what it takes to be a star.—David Kane
The 19-year-old showed her maturity this season, which could have easily derailed after a lean streak that saw her game get picked apart by competitors. Instead, Gauff hit reset after Wimbledon by bringing on a whole new team, and was rewarded with stepping stones of progress: her first 500-level title in Washington D.C., her first WTA 1000 in Cincinnati—and her maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open.—Stephanie Livaudais
Coco was the anti-Carlitos: after Wimbledon, it was on. The American ended the season on a 24-4 run (all matches on hard courts) and proved she can handle the mantle of “the next big thing” in tennis just fine.—Ed McGrogan
In the Summer of Coco, the teenager was the hottest thing this side of Barbieheimer and the brightest star on the WTA. Her 18-1 blitz after Wimbledon and through the US Open had it all—beating No. 1 and No. 2, a murderer's row of opponents at Flushing Meadows, and the heaviest expectations possible to emerge with her first Slam.—Megan Fernandez