“A bunch of drunks called me Steffi Graf” – Serena Williams’ ex-coach shares strange fan encounter after Coco Gauff reveals racist experiences


After Coco Gauff shared her racist experiences with the fans, Serena Williams’ former coach Rennae Stubbs recently revealed she was taken for Steffi Graf.


Only two years younger than Graf, Stubbs had a successful tennis career as she won four Major doubles trophies and two mixed-doubles trophies. After turning pro in 1992, the Australian had a futile singles career but she joined forces as a coach with one of the most celebrated female players in the history of tennis, Serena Williams, in 2022.

Stubbs also coached former World No. 1 Karolina Pliskova during her peak years. She is currently working with Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard,

Recently, Stubbs recalled an interaction with drunk tennis fans who misidentified her as the 22-time Grand Slam winner Graf in response to a question posed by a Twitter user prompting people to share racist but funny experiences.

“A bunch of drunks called me Steffi Graf once and to be honest, i ran with it!,” the Australian wrote.

She also admitted to constantly being mistaken for compatriot and former tennis player Alicia Molik, writing

“I get called Alicia Molik on the regular in Australia!”

Before Stubbs, Coco Gauff, Jessica Pegula, and Christopher had also responded to the query. Gauff wrote:

“I sign autographs as myself but occasionally I am somehow also signing as Sloane, Venus, Serena, Taylor, Alycia, and yesterday I got Leylah for the first time lollll.

Gauff’s doubles partner Pegula revealed a woman mistook her for the WTA World No. 7.

“One time I signed and the woman thought I was you…that one got me lol,” Pegula tweeted.

Eubanks disclosed he was called Gael Monfils, a tennis player of Caribbean descent.

“I got called Monfils twice in DC lol.”


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