Cori “Coco” Gauff’s standout run came to an end on Monday after losing in straight sets against Romania’s Simona Halep. The 15-year-old Gauff made a name for herself during this year’s Wimbledon run, becoming the youngest player to compete in a Grand Slam since 1991.
Gauff was born on March 13, 2004. She grew up in Atlanta, and moved to Delray Beach, Fla. with her family to focus on her tennis career. Gauff has already had a successful junior career so far, winning the US Open Junior Doubles title in 2018 and winning the French Open Junior Singles title this past year.
Gauff sparked a media frenzy on Wimbledon’s opening day, beating her idol Venus Williams in straight sets, 6-4 6-4. Williams is 24 years older than Gauff and, by the time Gauff was born, Williams had already won three Grand Slam Singles titles and six Grand Slam Doubles titles.
Gauff also has a couple local connections to the USTA Middle States Section. Her hitting coach, Courtney Scott, played college tennis at the University of Delaware and coached for some time at Legacy Youth Tennis and Education. He also had a coaching job at Drexel University and competed in various events around the section.
In 2015, Gauff was an ambassador of Down the Line and Beyond, a local USTA affiliated NJTL that organizes free tennis, education and character development programs for 1900 children in underserved parks and communities within the city of Philadelphia.
Following her match with Williams, Gauff beat Magdaléna Rybáriková in straight sets, 6-3 6-3, advancing her to the third round. Gauff faced Polona Hercog in the third round. The match started a bit rocky for Gauff, as she lost the first set 3-6. The 15-year-old was able to bounce back in the second set, saving two match points and winning the tie-breaker 9-7. Gauff eventually reigned victorious winning the third set 7-5.
Although Gauff’s Wimbledon run was cut short on Monday, big names like Serena Williams are rooting for the teenager’s long-term success. Williams states Gauff “is on a different level” than many other players her age.
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