Coco Gauff: Tennis Prodigy and Emerging Champion

Francis Page Jr. | 9/13/2023, 4:25 p.m.
Coco Gauff wins the U.S. Open for her first Grand Slam title at age 19
Cori ‘Coco’ Gauff /photo cred: Facebook

Early Life:

1.Full Name: Cori “Coco” Gauff

2.Date of Birth: March 13, 2004

3.Place of Birth: Delray Beach, Florida, USA

4.Parents: Corey Gauff (father and coach) and Candi Gauff (mother, former athlete)

5.Early Training: Started playing tennis at age seven at the Mouratoglou Academy in France, guided by famed coach

Patrick Mouratoglou.

Career Highlights:

1.Wimbledon 2019:

• Became the youngest player in the Open Era to qualify for the main draw.

• Defeated Venus Williams in the first round, drawing global attention.

• Reached the fourth round, losing to eventual champion Simona Halep.

2.US Open 2019:

• Advanced to the third round.

• Lost to Naomi Osaka, the defending champion.

3. Australian Open 2020:

• Made it to the fourth round. • Defeated defending champion Naomi Osaka in the third round.

4. 2021 Milestones:

• Reached her first major final in women’s doubles at the US Open.

5. 2022 Achievements:

• Made her debut in a major singles final at the French Open.

6. 2023 Achievements:

• Clinched her first WTA 1000 title at the Cincinnati Masters.

• Sealed her first major singles title at the US Open.

7. Career Titles:

• Won her first WTA singles title at the 2019 Linz Open.

• Captured her maiden WTA doubles title alongside partner Caty McNally at the 2019 Citi Open.

8. Ranking Achievements:

• Broke into the WTA top 50 in 2020.

• Youngest player to reach the top 50 since 2005.

Earnings and Achievements:

1.US Open Victory:

As the 2023 US Open singles champion, Coco Gauff

earned a whopping $3 million.

2.Career Earnings:

Her career earnings surged to approximately $8.1 million from singles and doubles competitions on the ITF and WTA tours as of 2023.

3.Endorsement Earnings:

Forbes estimated her endorsement earnings to be $1 million in 2019, which escalated to around $4 million per year by 2023.

Key Sponsorships:

Companies like New Balance, Head (her racket supplier), Barilla (also a sponsor of Roger Federer), and American Eagle have partnered with Gauff.

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