CoCo Vandeweghe flew the American flag on her shirt as she paid tribute to new coach Pat Cash following his Wimbledon first-round win against Mona Barthel.
WTA Staff

LONDON, Great Britain - A smiling CoCo Vandeweghe donned a stars-and-stripes-emblazoned T-shirt to mark the Fourth of July - and joked that her next sartorial move would be to try out a headband, in honor of her new coach Pat Cash.

"It's not allowed here at the All England Club, I was told by Pat it wasn't allowed here - too much color," the 24th seed said after her 7-5, 6-2 first-round win against Mona Barthel.

"I have dabbled with the idea of a headband to try out that look - but I don't know if I'll ever succeed in that."

More than fashion stylings and his music choices ("I keep having to remind him I was born in '91," explained Vandeweghe), Cash has inspired the American's new approach to her tennis, which is paying dividends so far on the grass courts; she enjoyed a run to the quarterfinals at the Aegon Classic in Birmingham before withdrawing through injury.

"He's on top of me about mentally staying with it and everything like that, and it's a constant harping on that one," said the 25-year-old.

"Come forward and definitely put my presence out there. I think he said that a bunch, just, 'Your presence can sometimes get you through difficult situations,' so I think that goes along with mentality."

Cash joined the team after Craig Kardon ended their coaching arrangement, which came as a surprise to Vandeweghe herself.

"From what he said when we sat down, it was just a relationship that wasn't working any more," she told reporters. "I mean, it wasn't my decision, so it's all what he decided."

She hopes that the tournament organizers may put on a celebration to mark the 30th anniversary of her new coach's Wimbledon win - and at the same time she was quick to quash any prediction that she might equal his achievement this year.

"I hope there is some magic that runs off on to me," she admitted, before adding, "but hopefully the All England Club does something special for Pat, because 30 years is a nice number to have a nice celebration."

At the moment, Vandeweghe is simply concentrating on the next match - where her opponent will be Germany's Tatiana Maria.

"For me I go into a tournament focused on myself and going past the first round," she added. "And then if that happens, going past the second round."

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