Cori "Coco" Gauff (born March 13, 2004) is an American tennis player. She is a former world No. 1 junior, having won one junior Grand Slam singles title and another in doubles. She was the runner-up in the girls' singles event at the 2017 US Open, making her the youngest finalist at the event in the tournament's history.
Gauff at the 2019 Wimbledon Championships
|Country (sports)||United States|
|Residence||Delray Beach, Florida, US|
|Born||March 13, 2004|
Delray Beach, Florida, US
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career record||32–17 (65.3%)|
|Career titles||0 WTA|
|Highest ranking||No. 106 (September 9, 2019)|
|Current ranking||No. 106 (September 9, 2019)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|French Open||Q2 (2019)|
|US Open||3R (2019)|
|Career record||18–7 (72.0%)|
|Career titles||1 WTA, 1 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 108 (September 9, 2019)|
|Current ranking||No. 108 (September 9, 2019)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|French Open||1R (2019)|
|US Open||3R (2019)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|US Open||2R (2018)|
|Last updated on: September 9, 2019.|
Born to athletic parents with NCAA Division I collegiate backgrounds in basketball and track and field, Gauff experimented with a variety of sports as a child. She chose to focus on tennis, having been inspired to play by the Williams sisters and because of her preference to compete in an individual sport. Gauff had quick success as a junior, winning the Little Mo eight-and-under nationals and earning a sponsorship to train at Patrick Mouratoglou's academy in France. She began playing on the ITF Junior Circuit at 13 and reached the final at the junior US Open in just her fourth ITF event. She won two junior Grand Slam tournament titles, one in singles at the 2018 French Open and one in doubles at the 2018 US Open.
Gauff made her WTA Tour debut in March 2019 at the Miami Open and won her opening match. She received a wild card into the qualifying draw at Wimbledon where she became the youngest player to qualify for the main draw in the tournament's history. She then rose to prominence by defeating Venus Williams in the first round, and ultimately reached the fourth round of the event. Each of her matches was the most-watched of the day in the United States.
- 1 Early life and background
- 2 Junior career
- 3 Professional career
- 4 Endorsements
- 5 Personal life
- 6 WTA career finals
- 7 ITF finals
- 8 Performance timelines
- 9 Record against top 10 players
- 10 Junior Grand Slam finals
- 11 References
- 12 External links
Early life and backgroundEdit
Gauff was born on March 13, 2004, to Candi (née Odom) and Corey Gauff. She has two younger brothers—Codey, who is four years younger, and Cameron, nine years younger. Her father played college basketball at Georgia State University and later worked as a health care executive, while her mother was a track and field athlete at Florida State University and worked as an educator. Gauff spent the first seven years of her life in Atlanta, becoming interested in tennis at the age of four after watching Serena Williams win the 2009 Australian Open on television.
Encouraged by her parents to try a wide variety of sports including basketball and track, Gauff began playing tennis at age six. Her family moved to her parents' former hometown of Delray Beach, Florida, when she was seven—initially living with her mother's parents before moving into their own house—so that she would have better opportunities to train in tennis. At age eight, Gauff began working with Gerard Loglo at the New Generation Tennis Academy. Her parents gave up their careers to focus on training their daughter, with her father, who had limited experience playing tennis growing up, later taking over as her primary coach while her mother oversaw her homeschooling. After winning the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation's "Little Mo" eight-and-under nationals in December 2012, Gauff decided she wanted to pursue a lifelong career in tennis.
At age ten, Gauff began to train at the Mouratoglou Academy, run by Serena Williams's coach Patrick Mouratoglou. Mouratoglou commented, "I'll always remember the first time I saw Coco. She came over to the Mouratoglou Academy in 2014 to try out and she impressed me with her determination, athleticism and fighting spirit... When she looks at you and tells you she will be number one you can only believe it." He helped sponsor Gauff through his Champ'Seed foundation, which he had created to provide funding for junior tennis players who lacked the financial resources for high-level training. In July 2014, Gauff won the USTA Clay Court National 12-and-under title; she was the youngest champion in the tournament's history aged 10 years and 4 months.
Gauff is a former world No. 1 junior. She began playing on the ITF Junior Circuit at the age of 13, skipping directly to the highest-level Grade A and Grade 1 tournaments. In August 2017, she finished as the runner-up to Jaimee Fourlis in the Grade 1 Prince George's County Junior Tennis Championships in Maryland. Gauff then made her junior Grand Slam debut at the US Open, where she finished as the runner-up of the girls' singles to Amanda Anisimova. Gauff did not drop a set before the final in either tournament and also became the youngest girls' singles finalist in US Open history. In January 2018, after reaching the semifinal round of the Grade 1 Traralgon Junior International in Australia, Gauff lost her opening matches in singles to Elisabetta Cocciaretto and in doubles alongside Lulu Sun to Violet Apisah and Hurricane Tyra Black at the Australian Open. Gauff did not enter another tournament in singles until the French Open, where she won her first career junior Grand Slam tournament title. She did not drop a set until the final, where she came from behind to defeat compatriot and frequent doubles partner Caty McNally in three sets. With the title, Gauff became the fifth youngest girls' singles champion in French Open history. In July, following another final win against McNally at the Grade 1 Junior International Roehampton, Gauff became the No. 1 junior in the world.
Gauff reached the quarterfinals in singles at each of the last two Grand Slam tournaments of the year. She fared better in doubles at both tournaments, reaching the semifinals at Wimbledon with partner María Lourdes Carlé and winning her first junior Grand Slam doubles title at the US Open with McNally as her partner. Gauff and McNally defeated compatriots Hailey Baptiste and Dalayna Hewitt in the final and won all of their matches in straight sets. Gauff represented the United States at the Junior Fed Cup with Alexa Noel and Connie Ma, and they reached the final against Ukraine. After Gauff won her singles rubber and Noel lost hers, Gauff and Noel won the Junior Fed Cup by defeating Lyubov Kostenko and Dasha Lopatetskaya in the decisive doubles rubber that ended 11–9 in a match tiebreak. In December, Gauff won another Grade A title in singles at the Orange Bowl. She ended the season ranked No. 2 in the world behind Clara Burel.
2018: Turned proEdit
She made her debut on the ITF Women's Circuit in May 2018 as a qualifier in the $25K event at Osprey, where she won her first professional match, against Alexandra Perper. Gauff received a wild card into qualifying at the US Open, but lost her opening match to Heather Watson. In February 2019, Gauff finished runner-up in doubles at the $100K Midland Tennis Classic alongside Ann Li, losing to Olga Govortsova and Valeria Savinykh. In her next event at the $25K level in Surprise, Gauff reached the finals in both singles, where she was the runner-up to Sesil Karatantcheva, and doubles, where she won her maiden ITF title alongside Paige Hourigan against compatriots Usue Maitane Arconada and Emina Bektas. In March, Gauff made her WTA main draw debut as a wild card at the Miami Open and recorded her first WTA match win against Caty McNally. Gauff lost her next match to Daria Kasatkina.
After losing in the second round of qualifying at the French Open, Gauff qualified for the main draw at Wimbledon. She upset world No. 92 Aliona Bolsova, the top seed in the qualifying draw, in the first round and defeated No. 128 Greet Minnen in the third and final qualifying round two days later while losing two games. Aged 15 years and 3 months, Gauff was the youngest player to reach the main draw at Wimbledon by qualifying in the Open Era. In her main draw debut, she upset world No. 44 Venus Williams in straight sets. Gauff continued her run into the fourth round with victories over Magdaléna Rybáriková and No. 60 Polona Hercog; Gauff needed to save two match points against Hercog in particular. The hype surrounding her first-round match-win helped lead to Gauff's third-round match being scheduled on Centre Court. She was eliminated when she lost her match with eventual champion Simona Halep in the fourth round of the tournament. Gauff was praised by the media and other players for her performance throughout the tournament and her "maturity". All four of her matches were most-watched matches on ESPN on their respective days. After Wimbledon, Gauff reached her new career-high ranking of 141.
Gauff qualified into main draw of the singles in Washington but lost in the first round to Zarina Diyas. She was more successful in the doubles, however, where she and Caty McNally reached the final, beating third seeds Miyu Kato and Anna Kalinskaya in the semifinal. The pair defeated Fanny Stollár and Maria Sanchez in the final making it Gauff's first ever WTA Tour-level title across any discipline.
At the 2019 U.S. Open, Gauff was given a wild-card spot in the main draw. In the first round she defeated 18-year-old Russian Anastasia Potapova in three sets. The match was played at night in Louis Armstrong Stadium. She would continue her run at the US Open by defeating Tímea Babos in three sets, setting up a third round encounter with world No. 1, and defending champion Naomi Osaka. Gauff lost the match in straight sets. Gauff and McNally, who were nicknamed "McCoco", followed up their 2018 girls doubles win by reaching the third round of the doubles event, beating ninth seeds Nicole Melichar and Kveta Peschke in the second round in a packed Louis Armstrong Stadium, but losing heavily to Ash Barty and Victoria Azarenka in the third. Her US Open performance took Gauff to just outside the top 100 in both the singles and doubles rankings.
In October 2018, Gauff signed her first multi-year sponsorship contract, with New Balance. In March 2019, she announced a multi-year sponsorship agreement with Italian food company Barilla, which also sponsors Roger Federer.
Nicknamed "Coco", Gauff has cited the Williams sisters as her "idols" and "the reason why [she] wanted to pick up a tennis racket." Gauff first met Serena after winning the Little Mo national tournament at age eight; they met again to film a commercial for Delta Airlines and at the Mouratoglou Academy. After their match at Wimbledon in July 2019, Gauff commended Venus when they shook hands at the net. "I was just telling her thank you for everything she's done for the sport. She's been an inspiration for many people. I was just really telling her thank you", Gauff said.
WTA career finalsEdit
Doubles: 1 (1 title)Edit
|Win||1–0||Aug 2019||Washington Open, United States||International||Hard||Caty McNally|| Maria Sanchez
Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit
|Loss||0–1||Feb 2019||ITF Surprise, United States||25,000||Hard||Sesil Karatantcheva||7–5, 3–6, 1–6|
Doubles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)Edit
|Loss||0–1||Feb 2019||ITF Midland, United States||100,000||Hard (i)||Ann Li|| Olga Govortsova
|Win||1–1||Feb 2019||ITF Surprise, United States||25,000||Hard||Paige Hourigan|| Usue Maitane Arconada
|6–3, 4–6, [14–12]|
Only WTA Tour (incl. Grand Slams) main-draw results are considered in the career statistics.
Current through the 2019 US Open.
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||A||0 / 0||0–0||–|
|French Open||A||Q2||0 / 0||0–0||–|
|Wimbledon||A||4R||0 / 1||3–1||75%|
|US Open||Q1||3R||0 / 1||2–1||67%|
|Win–Loss||0–0||5–2||0 / 2||5–2||71%|
|Premier Mandatory tournaments|
|Indian Wells Open||A||A||0 / 0||0–0||–|
|Miami Open||A||2R||0 / 1||1–1||50%|
|Madrid Open||A||A||0 / 0||0–0||–|
|China Open||A||0 / 0||0–0||–|
|Premier 5 tournaments|
|Dubai / Qatar Open||A||A||0 / 0||0–0||–|
|Italian Open||A||A||0 / 0||0–0||–|
|Canadian Open||A||A||0 / 0||0–0||–|
|Cincinnati Open||A||A||0 / 0||0–0||–|
|Wuhan Open||A||0 / 0||0–0||–|
|Win–Loss||0–0||1–1||0 / 1||1–1||50%|
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||0 / 0||0–0|
|French Open||1R||0 / 1||0–1|
|Wimbledon||A||0 / 0||0–0|
|US Open||3R||0 / 1||2–1|
|Win–Loss||2–2||0 / 2||2–2|
Record against top 10 playersEdit
|Player||Record||Win %||Hard||Clay||Grass||Last Match|
|Number 1 ranked players|
|Venus Williams||1–0||100%||0–0||0–0||1–0||Won (6–4, 6–4) at 2019 Wimbledon 1R|
|Simona Halep||0–1||0%||0–0||0–0||0–1||Lost (3–6, 3–6) at 2019 Wimbledon 4R|
|Naomi Osaka||0–1||0%||0–1||0–0||0–0||Lost (3–6, 0–6) at 2019 US Open 3R|
|Number 9 ranked players|
|Timea Bacsinszky||0–1||0%||0–1||0–0||0–0||Lost (3–6, 6–1, 4–6) at 2019 Indian Wells 125K 1R|
|Number 10 ranked players|
|Daria Kasatkina||0–1||0%||0–1||0–0||0–0||Lost (3–6, 2–6) at 2019 Miami 2R|
( – )
Junior Grand Slam finalsEdit
Singles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)Edit
|Loss||2017||US Open||Hard||Amanda Anisimova||0–6, 2–6|
|Win||2018||French Open||Clay||Caty McNally||1–6, 6–3, 7–6(7–1)|
Doubles: 1 (1 title)Edit
|Win||2018||US Open||Hard||Caty McNally|| Hailey Baptiste
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