Coco Gauff (born March 13, 2004) is an American professional tennis player. She achieved a career-high singles ranking of world No. 67 on October 7, 2019. Gauff won her first WTA title at the Linz Open in October 2019.
Gauff made her Grand Slam debut at the 2019 Wimbledon Championships, defeating Venus Williams in the first round. She went on to reach the fourth round of the tournament before losing to Simona Halep.
Coco Gauff Early Life:
Gauff was born in Delray Beach, Florida, to Corey Gauff Sr. and Candi Gauff.
Coco Gauff Family:
Her father once competed for Georgia State University in basketball, and her mother was a high school track athlete. Cody and Cameron, her two younger brothers, complete her family. Coco began playing tennis at age seven.
When she was eleven, her family moved to a new location from Delray Beach to Hanover, Germany, to train full-time at the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy in Nice, France. In 2018, when she was fourteen years old, Gauff returned to the United States to complete her schooling while continuing to compete on the junior circuit.
Coco Gauff Education:
Gauff graduated from 9th grade at Homeschool Online Global Academy in May 2019. It was revealed that she would, in September 2019, attend the online Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles for 10th grade to 12th grade.
Coco Gauff Sun Sign:
Gauff is a Pisces. Pisces are creative, compassionate, and intuitive. They are also often romantic and can be very sympathetic. Pisces are gentle, kind, and compassionate people who are often very intuitive. They are often very romantic and have a strong connection with the natural world. Pisces is also often very sympathetic and can be great listeners.
Coco Gauff Physical Stats:
Gauff is 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 meters) tall and weighs 154 pounds (70 kilograms). She has hazel eyes and is dark brown. Gauff has a very athletic build and is known for her speed and agility on the court.
Coco Gauff Personal Life:
In September 2019, it was revealed that Gauff is dating Spanish tennis player Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.
In 2019, it was reported that Gauff was dating fellow tennis player William Grant. The two met while they were both competing at the Mouratoglou Academy.
Gauff has a foundation called the Coco Gauff Foundation, which “aims to level the playing field for young athletes by providing access to resources, education, and training.” Gauff has also done charity work with the Special Olympics.
Coco Gauff Career:
Gauff turned professional in March 2019 after winning a wildcard into the Miami Open qualifying draw. Her first Grand Slam appearance was at the French Open later that month, but she lost in the first round. In June, Gauff won her first professional title at an ITF $60,000 event in Nottingham.
In July, Gauff made her Wimbledon debut. She defeated Venus Williams in the first round before losing to Simona Halep in the fourth round. Gauff’s run at Wimbledon made her the youngest player to ever qualify for the main draw and the youngest player to win a match at Wimbledon since 1991.
In August, Gauff won the Citi Open doubles title with Caty McNally. This made Gauff the youngest player to ever win a WTA Tour title.
In September, Gauff won her second ITF singles title in Osaka.
Gauff won her first WTA singles title in October at the Linz Open. She defeated Jelena Ostapenko in the final, becoming the youngest player to win a WTA singles title since Nicole Vaidišová won the 2004 Tashkent Open at age 15.
Coco Gauff has won five singles and two doubles titles on the ITF Circuit. In 2019, Gauff qualified for her first Grand Slam main draw at Wimbledon as a wildcard. She defeated Venus Williams in the first round before losing to Simona Halep in the fourth round.
Gauff’s run at Wimbledon made her the youngest player ever to qualify for the main draw and the youngest player to win a match at Wimbledon since 1991. In September 2019, Gauff won her first WTA singles title at the Linz Open.
In 2020, Gauff reached the Auckland Open’s semifinals and the Australian Open’s third round.
Grand Slam Singles Performance Timeline
- WTA career finals
- Doubles: 1 (1 title)
- ITF Circuit finals
- Singles: 5 (5 titles)
- Doubles: 2 (2 titles)
Coco Gauff Awards and Nominations:
Coco Gauff Controversy:
During her match against Aliona Bolsova at the 2020 Australian Open, Gauff was given a warning for a time violation for moving between locations too slowly. Gauff responded by saying, “I’m not a cheater.”
Some people on social media criticized Gauff for her comments, saying that she was being entitled and disrespectful. Gauff later apologized for her comments, saying she didn’t mean to disrespect anyone and was just trying to stand up for herself.
Tennis fans sense partiality over commentary during the US Open, saying, “Chris Evert has an issue with black women, the negativity is exhausting.”
Tennis fans sense partiality in Chris Evert’s commentary during Coco Gauff’s US Open QF match.
American tennis legend Chris Evert’s commentary during Coco Gauff’s quarterfinal match at the 2020 US Open against Naomi Osaka came under scrutiny from fans, who felt she was biased towards the Japanese player.
Evert, one of the greatest players in tennis history with 18 Grand Slam singles titles to her name, is currently working as a commentator for ESPN.
During the match, Osaka eventually won in straight sets; Evert heaped praise on the former world No. 1 and seemed to be much more critical of Gauff.
She said, “I think Osaka is just too good for her (Gauff) right now. She’s hitting the ball harder; she’s hitting it with more depth.”
“Coco is not making any inroads on that first serve of Naomi’s,” Evert added.
Many fans took to social media to express their frustration with Evert’s commentary, feeling she was too hard on Gauff and biased towards Osaka.
Coco Gauff Net Worth:
As of 2022, Coco Gauff’s net worth is estimated to be $5 million. Gauff has earned her wealth through her successful career as a professional tennis player, along with the advertisement.
Coco Gauff Endorsements:
Gauff has endorsement deals with several companies, including New Balance, Head, and Racket.