With only 15 years and 122 days, number 313 of WTA ranking, after receiving the Wild Card for the qualifying draw of Wimbledon 2019 and achieving the main draw as the youngest player, Cori “Coco” Gauff defeats her idol Venus Williams (6/4 6/4) in the first round and thus makes her dream come true.
Qualifying draw (Wimbledon 2019)
Main draw 1R (Wimbledon 2019)
Next match of “Coco” 2R (Wimbledon 2019)
¿Who is “Coco” Gauff?
Cori “Coco” Gauff (born March 13, 2004) is an American tennis player. She is the youngest finalist in the women’s singles event at the US Open. She won Junior Roland Garros in 2018, the second youngest athlete to do so.
She started playing tennis at the age of seven. She grew up in Atlanta, but moved to Delray Beach, Florida, to have better training opportunities. Her father Corey played basketball at Georgia State University and her mother Candi was an athlete at Florida State University. She has two younger brothers. She is educated at home by her mother, who is a former teacher. Her father is her coach.
Little Gauff trains with Gerard Loglo at the New Generation Tennis Academy in Delray Beach, Florida. When she is eleven years old, she is chosen by Serena Williams coach Patrick Mouratoglou to be part of his Champ’Seed foundation and trains with him in Nice, France.
In October 2018, Gauff signs her first multi-year sponsorship contract with New Balance. In March 2019, she announced a sponsorship agreement for several years with the Italian food company Barilla, which is also a sponsor of Roger Federer.
Gauff makes her ITF debut in May 2018 as a qualifier in the $ 25K event at Osprey, where she wins her first pro match.
At age 14, she wins her first Grand Slam Junior title in June 2018 at the French Open. In September 2018, she wins the Women’s Doubles at the US Open with her partner Caty McNally. Gauff finishes strong in 2018 by winning the Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships Division for girls aged 18 and under.