10 questions about Coco Gauff – Teenage prodigy, activist, big sister
At 16 years old, American Coco Gauff has already become a household name in tennis circles. Get to know more about the precocious talent that has been turning heads for the last two seasons, both on and off the court.
How old is Coco Gauff?
Coco Gauff was born on March 13, 2004, and will turn 17 in 2021.
Who are her family?
Her parents are Corey, a former basketball player at Georgia State University, and Candi, who competed in Track and Field and Florida State University. Her brothers are Codey, four years younger than her, and Cameron, nine years younger than her.
When did Gauff win her first Grand Slam match?
Gauff qualified at Wimbledon in 2019 and then stunned Venus Williams in the first round. She would reach the second week that year and become the youngest player to reach the round of 16 at Wimbledon since 1991. She was 15 at the time.
When did Gauff win her first WTA match?
Gauff won her first WTA match at the Miami Open in 2019, when she defeated her longtime doubles partner Caty McNally in the first round. Gauff won her first WTA title at Linz in October of 2019.
Who sponsors Coco Gauff?
The American plays with Head racquets and wears New Balance attire. She has a deal with Barilla pasta. She is represented by Roger Federer’s management company, Team 8, and agent Tony Godsick.
Who is Gauff’s coach?
Gauff is coached by her father Corey. She also works with Patrick Mouratoglou and spends time doing training blocks at the Frenchman’s academy.
What is Gauff’s ranking?
Coco Gauff is currently ranked 48 in the world, one spot shy of her career-high ranking of 47. She is currently the youngest player in the top 400 and the only player that has yet to turn 18 in the top 100.
What did Gauff do during quarantine?
Gauff became a vocal leader in the movement for racial justice in America by using her social media platforms to share her message. She even gave a powerful speech in Florida that went viral on social media. “If you are choosing silence you are choosing the side of the oppressor,” she said.
"If you are choosing silence, you are choosing the side of the oppressor."
Watch 16-year-old Coco Gauff's speech at a protest in Florida. pic.twitter.com/QDIjpot2yF
— TENNIS (@Tennis) June 4, 2020
What is Coco Gauff’s favorite city?
The American adores Paris, and was a champion as a junior at Roland-Garros in 2018 as a 14-year-old.
.@CocoGauff prevails in a third-set tiebreaker to take the girls' singles title at Roland Garros!
At age 14, this is Cori's first Grand Slam 🏆.
— USTA (@usta) June 9, 2018
Does Gauff embrace social media?