Cori “Coco” Gauff was born on March 13, 2004. Gauff is an American junior tennis player and most certainly a rising star at just 16 years old currently. She has the honor of being the youngest qualifier at the Wimbledon Championships 2019.
Cori Gauff kick-started her tennis career at the age of seven, especially after she moved to Florida. The sole reason she moved from her birthplace in Atlanta to Florida, was to develop as a player.
Although she has only just been picked out in the ocean of tennis talent, her star continues to shine. Without a doubt, Cori Gauff looks up to the Williams sisters. She has even tried to emulate their journey by traveling to the Mouratoglou Academy in France.
Admittedly, even Mouratoglou was thoroughly impressed with Cori Gauff. She earned fame after knocking out the former champion, Venus Williams at the Wimbledon Championships 2019. The Gauff vs Williams match ended with a score of 6-4, 6-4 in the then 15-year old’s favor.
Speaking to the WTA website, the 15-year-old admitted that she was not a fan of volleys and prefers the baseline. In all honesty, it must have been a dream come true to face off against Venus Williams in her very first match.
That dream became even more beautiful when she stunned the 39-year old in the opening round of the Wimbledon Championships 2019. She reached the fourth round and ended up losing to the eventual champion, Simona Halep.
She won her first professional doubles WTA title at Citi Open 2019 in Washington DC, in tandem with Caty McNally.
Gauff also has one singles WTA title to her name, as she won the 2019 Linz Open. That win propelled her into the top 100 of the WTA rankings.
Gauff and McNally won their second WTA doubles title at the 2019 Luxembourg Open.
Gauff continued to impress one and all at the Grand Slam level, in the 2020 Australian Open. She once again defeated Venus Williams in the opening round, before a shock win over defending champion Naomi Osaka in the third round. Gauff lost to eventual champion Sofia Kenin in the 4th round.
Despite a great start to the year, Gauff was not able to replicate her form into bigger results for the rest of the year.
She did beat other higher-ranked opponents, but could not go deep at the big events. However, she stayed in the top-100 and is currently ranked no. 48.
Gauff is currently coached by her father Corey Gauff and Jean-Christophe Faurel.
Among her records, Gauff is the first 15-year-old to compete in the main draw of The Wimbledon Championships 2019. This is the first time such a scenario has come about since Laura Robson was awarded wildcard status in 2009.
Her Linz Open title win made her the youngest champion on the WTA Tour since 2014.
So far, Gauff has earned $1,061,874 in prize money on the WTA Tour.
Gauff has sponsorship deals with tennis racquet manufacturer Head, apparel sponsorship with New Balance. She also has a deal with Italian food brand, Barilla.
In 2019, Gauff combined with other tennis stars to raise money for the benefit of the Bryan Brothers Foundation.
Twitter – @CocoGauff
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|Coach||Corey Gauff, Jean-Christophe Faurel|
|Net worth||$2.5 million|
|Endorsements||Barilla, Head, New Balance|