Cori “CoCo” Gauff shatters barriers every time that she steps on the tennis court. For those unfamiliar, CoCo is 16 years old and has been perfecting her tennis craft for years. At age 10, she visited Patrick Mouratoglou – to attend a camp coached by Venus and Serena Williams tennis instructor. CoCo made her way to the main stage after defeating formidable opponent, Venus Williams in the opening round of last year’s Wimbledon. She exited the tournament in the round of 16 becoming the youngest player to since Jennifer Capriati (15) to advance that far. Her decisive loss in that matchup was against Simona Halep who would go on to defeat Serena for the title.
Although, many people had just begun to catch wind of Gauff’s incredible repertoire last year she has been working for this her entire life. She continues to become an elite competitor in her sport at a scorching pace. After claiming the 2018 French Open at age thirteen, CoCo has set her trajectory for the stars. Rightfully so, this woman has polarized the masses and is respectfully sponsored by New Balance. Whether you like tennis or not, there is no way around the fact that CoCo Gauff is a phenom.
On 08/12, CoCo defeated Aryna Sabalenka in the quarterfinals as she continues to perform at an extraordinarily high level. She will face Ons Jabeur in her next matchup at the Top Seed Open on 08/13. Thursday’s action will conclude with the 31st matchup between Venus and Serena Williams.
CoCo Gauff’s canvas’ presence is stellar. She is not facing off against slouches either. Her ability to perform at a high level exhibits agility, acceleration and terrific athletic awareness. She is working on her slice, places great topspin on her serves, and has shown the ability to make like a chess player and strategically maneuver through matches. To avoid burnout, the WTA normally places restrictions on the amount of tournaments an adolescent player can enter. Typically that number is 10 tournaments however, CoCo’s merit-based performance granted her an additional two competitions. Also, if you take COVID into account, the hiatus benefitted Gauff because while she was forced to rest due to her age, everyone else rested in quarantine.
Stories like these are downright groundbreaking. The underdog mentality and ability to grind through the mud and make it to elite competitive levels through disciplined dedication is so commendable.
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