American Coco Gauff is a paid tennis player best known for defeating Venus Williams at Wimbledon at just 15 years old.
Who Is Coco Gauff?
Coco Gauff is a professional tennis player. After earning Wimbledon wild card entry in 2019 at the age of 15, she defeated Wimbledon champion five times, Venus Williams, in the first round. That same year Gauff again reached the third round of the US Open and won his first solo title. In 2021, she added a one-second title to his name and played in the quarterfinals of the France Open. Gauff was added to the U.S. team. The Olympics were held in June 2021 but she had to withdraw after being tested for Covid-19.
Coco Gauff’s Life and Family
Coco Gauff was born on March 13, 2004, in Delray Beach, Florida. She was named Cori after his father, Corey, and also earned the nickname Coco. Gauff’s father played Division I basketball at Georgia State University. Her mother, Candi, was a gymnast and participated in Division I track and field at Florida State University.
Coco Gauff spent his early years in Georgia. Her mother was a teacher, and her father was a pharmacist. To support Tauff’s training and career, his parents decided to leave their jobs and return to Delray Beach, Florida. Candi started studying with her daughter at home while Corey became her daughter’s trainer. Gauff has two younger brothers, Cameron and Cody.
Coco Gauff’s Tennis Career
Because Gauff’s parents were athletes, they wanted their eldest son to pursue a sport. Coco Gauff started playing tennis at the age of 6. At the age of 10, she had traveled to France to work with Patrick Mouratoglou, who trains Serena Williams. Gauff continued to train with Mouratoglou, but his father is his head coach.
Corey spoke of Gauff’s development, “Be a professional athlete, learn other sports – that’s one thing Coco and I emphasized early on; she was in the gym, soccer, and running. We wanted him to develop as a player as a whole.”
Coco Gauff won the United States Tennis Association Clay Court National 12-under title in 2014. In 2017 she took second place in the U.S. Open Girl’s Junior Championship. The following year he became a junior champion at the French Open.
In January 2019, Coco Gauff told friends and family that her goal of the year was to be one of the top 100 players in the Women’s Tennis Association. She was placed at 685 at the time.
In June 2019, 15-year-old Gauff flew to London after receiving a wild card to play at Wimbledon. In the first round, she faced Venus Williams. Williams was not only a five-time Wimbledon champion, but she and his sister Serena were Gauff’s tennis stars. However, Gauff came out victorious.
Gauff reached Wimbledon’s fourth round in 2019, the youngest player to do so since 1991. His success attracted a lot of attention and included the name “Cocomania.” Shortly afterward, she stayed until the third round of the U.S. Open, and also became the youngest to achieve this since 1991. His loss was followed by a moment of sports touch when the winner Naomi Osaka invited Gauff to take part in a post-match interview.
Gauff’s first WTA title came at the Linz Open in Austria in October 2019. This victory was made possible, in part, because he was what tennis referred to as a “lucky loser” who came into the big game of competition after the departure of another player due to injury. Gauff also became one of the top 100 WTA players, meeting the goal he set for himself.
In 2020, Gauff reached the fourth round of the Australian Open after beating Osaka in the third round. Gauff advanced to the quarterfinals of the France Open in 2021, the youngest player to reach that position since 2006. That year, he again reached the fourth round of Wimbledon and added another WTA title to his collection by winning in Parma, Italy.
In addition to the single’s success, Gauff has played and won two tournaments, usually with Catherine McNally. Injuries prevented McNally from joining Gauff at the 2021 French Open, so Gauff played twice there with Venus Williams. Unfortunately, they lost the first round.
In 2020, Gauff shared a story that prior to his success at Wimbledon in 2019, he was experiencing “this pressure that I needed to do immediately.” She also struggled with depression for about “a year.” She also noticed that things had changed for him after “I realized I needed to start playing for myself and not for other people.” He said of the struggle, “I came out of it stronger and I know better than before.”