Cori Gauff (born 13 March 2004) nicknamed Coco is an American professional tennis player. If ever there was an up and coming star in the WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) then it would be non-other than the American sensation Cori Gauff. At just a young age of 15, she already has a WTA singles title, WTA doubles title and achieved a career-high ranking of 49. She is certainly a rising star. In this Coco Gauff biography facts, childhood, personal life and net worth, we present an in-depth review of the profile and life of the tennis player from childhood to present.
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Coco Gauf Biography Facts, Age, Wiki
- Full Name: Cori Gauff
- Nick Name: Coco
- Date of Birth: 13 March 2004
- Age: 18 years old
- Place of Birth: Delray Beach, Florida
- Nationality: American
- Height: 5 ft 9in, 175 cm
- Weight: 55 kg, 121 lbs
- Education: Home Schooled
- Occupation: Tennis Player
- Playing Career: 2016 till date
- Father: Corey Gauff
- Mother: Candi Gauff
- Brothers: Codey Gauff, Cameron Gauff
- Money Facts:
- Prize Money: $803,000
- Net Worth: $500,000
- Zodiac: Pisces
Coco Gauff Childhood/Early Life & Family Background
Born on 13 March 2004, Cori Gauff is the first of three children born to Candi and Corey Gauff in Delray Beach, Florida. Her father Corey who worked as a healthcare executive was a college basketball player, while her mother Candi who works as an educator was a track and field athlete while in college.
With her parents being great athletes, it was only natural for Coco to be interested in sports. Her parents even encouraged her to explore different sports, while living in Atlanta. Her interest in tennis began to manifest when she watched her soon to be idol Serena Williams compete and win the 2009 Australian Open at a tender age of 4. She began playing tennis when she was 6 years old, and by the time she was 8, she had already won her first competition The Little Mo Eight and Under Nationals.
Seeing how serious and determined Coco was about becoming a professional tennis player, her parents made the decision to relocate to Delray Beach, so she could have better training opportunities. Coco and her family stayed with her maternal grandparents for a while, before finally getting a house of their own.
Her first coach was Gerald Logio at the New Generation Tennis Academy whom she worked with for a few years, starting from when she was 8. Dedicated to seeing their daughter succeed, Corey and Candi Gauff gave up their careers to focus on Coco. Her mother Candi saw to her homeschooling and her dad became her primary coach.
Coco Gauff Junior Tennis Career
Coco’s hard work and dedication soon began to bear fruit — she made it to the semifinals of the illustrious “Les Petit As 14 and under tournament” at the age of 12. Then she finished as the runner-up in her 3rd official junior tournament and in her 4th which was the Junior Grand Slam of the US Open in 2017. She won her 5th tournament in style, reaching the finals of the Grand Slam without losing a set, then coming from behind to beat her fellow compatriot and finalist Caty McNally. She followed up her victory with another win against Caty McNally in the final of the ‘Grade 1 Junior International Roehampton’ a month later. These victories put her in the No. 1 spot of the World Junior rankings.
The last 2 Grand Slams of the year saw her reach the quarterfinals in the singles of both events. But fared much better in the doubles of the same events, she partnered with Maria Lourdes Carle to reach the semifinals at Wimbledon and won the tournament with McNally at the US Open. She then went on to represent the United States at the Junior Fed Cup, teaming up with Connie Ma and Alexa Noel. She won her singles rubber and then partnered with Noel to win the tournament by defeating the representatives of Ukraine in an 11–9 tie break. Gauff closed the year with another singles Grade A title in the bag and was No.2 in the world junior rankings when she finally stepped into the ITF Women’s Circuit.
Coco Gauff Professional Career, Accomplishments & Awards
Entering the big leagues in 2018, Coco Gauff made her ITF debut in a 25k event as a qualifier, winning her first professional match. She was handed a wild card to play in the US Open in May 2018, but she lost the opening match. 2019 proved to be a much better year for her — she made it to the final in the doubles of a 100K event with Ann Li as her partner. Her next tournament saw her reach both finals in the singles and doubles, winning her first WTA title with Paige Hourigan in the doubles category.
She got a wild card to enter the qualifying round of Wimbledon, and she made the most of it, beating No.92 Allona Bolsova and No.128 Greet Mirren to become the youngest female to enter the main draw of Wimbledon at 15 years and 3 months. Her main draw debut saw her beat No.44 Venus Williams in straight sets and then moved into the 4th round after another two victories over opponents in the top 100. She later lost to eventual winner Simona Halep in the 4th round, and she rose to No.141 in the world rankings, with her matches in the Wimbledon main draw pulling in more viewers than any other on ESPN.
Gauff then played in the U.S Open Series tournament but lost at the first round singles of the main draw. She put in a wonderful performance in the doubles alongside Caty McNally, to win their first career WTA title together. She then played in the US Open as a wild card, and got to the third round, before losing to Naomi Osaka who was No.1 at the time.
Coco Gauff participated in two more tournaments before entering the Linz Open as a lucky loser and then winning the title after defeating several opponents including Kiki Bertens who was in the top 10. She also got to the semifinals with McNally in the doubles of the same tournament which put her in WTA top 100 in both singles and doubles. Gauff and McNally then ended the 2019 season with another doubles title in the Luxembourg Open
Coco Gauff Personal Life
While growing up, her father Corey wanted Coco and her brothers to follow in his footsteps, and play basketball. But she just couldn’t learn to shoot and then decided against playing basketball or any other team sport. She has always seen the Williams sisters as her idols, and when she played Venus Williams for the first time at Wimbledon, she mentioned that they’re the reason why she wanted to pick up a tennis racket.
Coco Gauff Net Worth, Endorsements & Prize Money
As of April 2020, Coco Gauff’s net worth is estimated at $500,000. At just 16, Coco Gauff is still at the early stages of her career. Her net worth is expected to increase exponentially in the coming years and she has already racked up over $800,000 in prize money. She already has a deal with the company New Balance as her kit sponsor, and recently signed a deal with Barilla, the Italian food company who is also in business with Rodger Federer.
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