Cori Gauff, also known as “Coco” Gauff on the court, is a top-notch player on the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Tour. She started from the top 600 at the age of 15 to now being in the top 25. People may have thought that it was not a good idea for this 17-year-old American to play against the other women on tour because she might get burned out. She wanted to put a name for herself because of two athletes on the tour that inspired her. They are the reason Coco wanted to begin tennis.
Gauff made her debut in Wimbledon of 2019, coming in from qualifying to going all the way to the fourth round. She defeated a former number one player, Venus Williams, to make it to the second round, and she made a comeback, winning the second and third set after being down one match point. Another impressive thing about this run was that Gauff was only 15 years old, making her the youngest in the tournament. During her run at Wimbledon, she made a name for herself, which is where “Call Me Coco” came from.
A Cinderella story is what they called it for this young American. Coming in from winning a junior Grand Slams to qualifying in her first Grand Slam on the WTA tour, Simona Halep defeated the young American and ended up winning the tournament. Although Coco’s Wimbledon run was ended, the career for this young American was just beginning.
She was the youngest single finalist at the Junior US Open. A couple tournaments later, Gauff played in the juniors French Open, and won the tournament, only dropping one set in the finals. Gauff is a great singles player as a junior, but she was also a great doubles player. Gauff won her very first WTA title in 2019 at the Linz Open in Austria by defeating a former Grand Slam Champion and former top five player. Winning the tournament boosted her ranking into the top 75.
Gauff has won two WTA singles title and three WTA doubles titles. Catherine McNally is Gauff’s doubles partner, and they have made a name for themselves in the doubles aspect of the tour. They won their first WTA doubles title in 2019 at the Citi Open. With winning three titles together, there is no telling what this duo will conquer in the doubles tour.