Cori Gauff

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Cori Gauff
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Gauff at the 2019 French Open
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceDelray Beach, Florida, US
Born (2004-03-13) March 13, 2004 (age 15)
United States
Height5 ft 9.5 in (1.77 m)
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachCorey Gauff
Prize money$75,011
Singles
Career record22–15 (59.5%)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 141 (July 15, 2019)
Current rankingNo. 141 (July 15, 2019)
Grand Slam Singles results
French OpenQ2 (2019)
Wimbledon4R (2019)
US OpenQ1 (2018)
Doubles
Career record12–6 (66.7%)
Career titles1 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 269 (June 24, 2019)
Current rankingNo. 273 (July 1, 2019)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open Junior1R (2018)
French Open JuniorQF (2018)
Wimbledon JuniorSF (2018)
US Open JuniorW (2018)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon1R (2019)
US Open2R (2018)
Last updated on: July 15, 2019.

Cori Gauff (born March 13, 2004), also known as Coco Gauff, 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.

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 she preferred 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 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. All of her matches were the most-watched of the day in the United States.

Early life and background[edit]

Born on March 13, 2004, to Candi (née Odom)[1] and Corey Gauff, Cori Gauff is named after her father.[2] She has two younger brothers—Codey, who is four years younger, and Cameron, who is nine years younger.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5]

Encouraged by her parents to try a wide variety of sports including basketball and track,[5] 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.[6][7][8] At age eight, Gauff began working with Gerard Loglo at the New Generation Tennis Academy.[9][10] 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.[4][9] After winning the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation's "Little Mo" eight-and-under nationals in December 2012,[11] Gauff decided she wanted to pursue a lifelong career in tennis.[12][9]

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."[13] 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.[14] 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.[9][15]

Junior career[edit]

Gauff is a former world No. 1 junior.[16] 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[17]. 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.[18] Gauff did not drop a set before the final in either tournament and also became the youngest girls' singles finalist in US Open history.[19] 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.[16] She 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 Caty McNally in three sets. With the title, Gauff became the fifth youngest girls' singles champion in French Open history.[20] In July, following another final win against McNally at the Grade 1 Junior International Roehampton, Gauff became the No. 1 junior in the world.[21][22]

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.[16] Gauff and McNally defeated compatriots Hailey Baptiste and Dalayna Hewitt in the final and won all of their matches in straight sets.[23] 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.[24] In December, Gauff won another Grade A title in singles at the Orange Bowl.[25] She ended the season ranked No. 2 in the world behind Clara Burel.[26]

Professional career[edit]

2018–19: Wimbledon breakthrough[edit]

Gauff 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.[27] Gauff received a wild card into qualifying at the US Open, but lost her opening match to Heather Watson.[28][29] 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.[30] 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 WTA title alongside Paige Hourigan against compatriots Usue Maitane Arconada and Emina Bektas.[31] 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.[32] Gauff lost her next match to Daria Kasatkina.[33]

After losing in the second round of qualifying at the French Open, Gauff was able to qualify for the main draw at Wimbledon. She upset world No. 92 Aliona Bolsova, the top seed in the qualifying draw, in the first round on 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.[34] In her main draw debut, she upset world No. 44 Venus Williams in straight sets.[35] 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.[36][37] She was eliminated when she lost her match with Simona Halep in the fourth round of the tournament.[38] Gauff was praised by the media and other players for her performance throughout the tournament and her "maturity".[39][40] All four of her matches were the most-watched match on ESPN on their respective days.[41] After Wimbledon, Gauff reached her new career high ranking of 141.[42]

Endorsements[edit]

Gauff uses a Head Graphene 360 Speed MP[43] that has 16 main and 19 cross strings. She wears New Balance clothing and tennis shoes.

In October 2018, Gauff signed her first multi-year sponsorship contract, with New Balance.[44] In March 2019, she announced a multi-year sponsorship agreement with Italian food company Barilla, which also sponsors Roger Federer.[44]

Personal life[edit]

Nicknamed "Coco",[45] Gauff has cited the Williams sisters as her "idols" and "the reason why [she] wanted to pick up a tennis racket."[13] 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.[9] 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.[35]

ITF finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (0–1)[edit]

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$80,000 tournaments
$60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (0–1)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Feb 2019 ITF Surprise, United States 25,000 Hard Bulgaria Sesil Karatantcheva 7–5, 3–6, 1–6

Doubles: 2 (1–1)[edit]

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$80,000 tournaments
$60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (1–1)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Feb 2019 ITF Midland, United States 100,000 Hard (i) United States Ann Li Belarus Olga Govortsova
Russia Valeria Savinykh
4–6, 0–6
Win 1–1 Feb 2019 ITF Surprise, United States 25,000 Hard New Zealand Paige Hourigan United States Usue Maitane Arconada
United States Emina Bektas
6–3, 4–6, [14–12]

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Current through the 2019 Wimbledon Championships.

Tournament 2018 2019 SR W–L Win %
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 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Win–Loss 0–0 3–1 0 / 1 3–1 75%
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 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Cincinnati Open A 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Wuhan Open A 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Win–Loss 0–0 1–1 0 / 1 1–1 50%
Career statistics*
Tournaments 0 2 2
Titles 0 0 0
Finals 0 0 0
Overall Win–Loss 0–0 4–2 4–2
Win % 67% 66.67%
Year-end ranking 875

* only WTA Tour main-draw matches (incl. Grand Slams)

Record against top 10 players[edit]

Gauff's record against players who have been ranked in the top 10.[46] Statistics correct as of 6 July 2019.

Player Record Win % Hard Clay Grass Last Match
Number 1 ranked players
United States Venus Williams 1–0 100% 0–0 0–0 1–0 Won (6–4, 6–4) at 2019 Wimbledon 1R
Romania Simona Halep 0–1 0% 0–0 0–0 0–1 Lost (3–6, 3–6) at 2019 Wimbledon 4R
Number 9 ranked players
Switzerland 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
Russia Daria Kasatkina 0–1 0% 0–1 0–0 0–0 Lost (3–6, 2–6) at 2019 Miami 2R
Total 1–3 25% 0–2 0–0 1–1

Junior Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Result Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 2017 US Open Hard United States Amanda Anisimova 0–6, 2–6
Win 2018 French Open Clay United States Caty McNally 1–6, 6–3, 7–6(7–1)

Doubles: 1 (1 title)[edit]

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 2018 US Open Hard United States Caty McNally United States Hailey Baptiste
United States Dalayna Hewitt
6–3, 6–2

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