Coco Gauff is one of the brightest teen prospects in tennis. The 17-year old American had her breakthrough at the 2019 Wimbledon when she defeated Venus Williams in 1st round and reached the 4th round at the Championships as a 15-year old.
She has since then gone from strength to strength winning two titles and also making it till the 4th round of the 2020 Australian Open quarter-finals of the 2021 French Open.
Gauff is currently preparing for yet another 4th round clash at the Wimbledon 2021 where she is yet to drop a set. As she readies to battle in the Round of 16, she talked about Roger Federer‘s influence on her, who himself is in the Round of 16 of Men’s Singles.
“Roger Federer has a big influence on my mentality on and off the court. He’s always someone that I can go and talk to if I need advice. He’s such a class act and someone that I looked up to.” said Gauff.
Coco Gauff becomes 2nd youngest US athlete to qualify for Olympics
Coco Gauff was recently inducted into the US Tennis team that will be playing at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Gauff will be one of the youngest athletes at the Summer Olympics and also became the youngest tennis Olympic player since 2000.
Gauff will be joined by Sofia Kenin and Jennifer Brady in the Olympics team making them one of the strongest teams for the Olympics. Since she is an active Doubles player as well, it won’t be a shocker that the 17-year old pairs up with one of her fellow countrywomen for the Doubles Medal.
Gauff will be playing 3-time Grand Slam champion and 2018 Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber in the 4th round of the Wimbledon 2021 in what will be their first meeting on the tour. While Coco is yet to drop a set, Kerber won her 2nd and 3rd round matches in 3-sets and it will be an exciting clash on the Centre Court.
Roger will also be playing on Centre Court after the conclusion of Gauff and Kerber’s match in the last ever “Manic Monday” Centre Court match. While it certainly will be a special occasion at the All-England Club, tennis fans will be eager to see how Gauff battles Kerber and possibly make it into her maiden Wimbledon quarter-finals.