Jessica Pegula thinks American girls would be absolutely great at trash-talking their opponents. During an appearance on WTA Insider, Pegula and Cori Gauff said allowing and introducing trash talk to tennis would probably make the game more interesting and help the game reach new fans.
Following a 6-2 6-0 win over Anna Blinkova in the Charleston second round, Pegula was asked on Tennis Channel to give her list of top trash talkers in tennis. “Caty McNally would be pretty good. I’ll throw in like, a Coco Vandeweghe – some of the American girls.
Danielle Collins – she would be good. She played college tennis. She would be a good one. I think most of the American girls. Vika would be pretty good. Sloane will be lowkey very good. She’ll just thrown in little things, like a little smile.
It’d be so funny,” Pegula said on Tennis Channel.
Pegula, Gauff all in for trash talk in tennis
Pegula suggested tennis should start by allowing trash talk at one tournament. That way, there would be no hard feelings or any issues since everyone would know what would be happening during the tournament.
“It would add more types of fans and not make it so traditional. In Full Swing [the Netflix golf documentary series], the Waste Management Open is insanity. I think one tournament should be absolutely nuts. Not every week, but you know going into this one tournament it’s going to be nuts,” Pegula said.
Gauff, who recently turned 19, says college tennis is full of trash talk and she would have no issues seeing it on the pro level as well. “Like at Tiebreak Tens, that would be a good event to try it out. I would love to trash talk. I think the American mentality is also different. I think it’s a cultural thing,” Gauff said.