On the 1st of July 2019, a fifteen year old announced herself in Women’s tennis, the message was not subtle but brazen and brutal. Cori Gauff beat Venus Williams in the first round of Wimbledon 2019, in straight sets, 6-4 6-4. At the post match Coco had said that she had taken up tennis because of Venus, and that Venus Williams was her idol.
Since then, Cori Gauff has come a long way. The seventeen year old has already won two WTA titles, in Linz and Parma ,and secured millions of dollars worth endorsements too. Her long term sponsors are New Balance and Barilla.
Mrs. President applauds Cori Gauff and calls her ‘Coco’
Cori Gauff comes from a family of athletes. Her father was a basketball player and mother was a gymnast. Gauff, who was inspired by Venus and adored the Williams sisters, took up tennis at 6, even though her dad wanted her to play basketball. Coco’s dad, Corey Gauff, who was also her first coach, is the one who nicknamed his daughter Cori, Coco.
In her first Wimbledon, 2019, the fifteen year old Cori defeated Polona Hercog in her third round match, 3-6, 7-6(7), 7-5 and got applauded by Michelle Obama herself, who said “Coco is terrific!.” Now if Mrs. President calls you by a certain name, that name will stick.
Is Cori Gauff ready for the French Open
Cori Gauff might not like the red first but she has a history of doing well on this surface. Gauff, who has publicly stated that in the past she hated playing on clay because clay would get her dirty, was in fact the 2018 French Open Girls Champion.
Gauff has been in terrific form on clay this last few weeks. She reached the Quarter-final of the Charleston Open, the Semi-final of the Italian Open and then put the cherry on the cake by winning the Parma Open. In Parma, she beat Estonian Kaia Kanepi in the first round, and overcame Camila Giorgi in the second.
In the third round she got the better of fifth seed Amanda Anisimova. The Semi-finals saw her defeat Kateřina Siniaková. In the Finals she comprehensively beat the Chinese player Qiang Wang, 6-1 6-3. Cori AKA Coco Gauff is indeed ready for the French Open 2021.