Teen to Watch: Coco Gauff American Tennis Prodigy


Coco Gauff at 2019 Wimbledon

Cynthia Jimenez, Reporter

Most 15 year olds are watching Netflix and going to school, but this 15 year old girl is playing tennis with pros… and beating them!

Coco Gauff is an American teenage tennis prodigy. She was born on March 18, 2004, in Delray Beach, Florida. Growing up in Atlanta, Georgia, she became interested in tennis at age 4 with Serena Williams as her inspiration. She started playing at age 6. Seeing her potential, her and her family moved back to Florida when she was 7 for better training options to further nourish her career. Her parents also dedicated their lives on Gauff’s career full time, her dad becoming her primary coach and her mother her homeschool teacher. At age 10, she began to train in The Mouratoglou Academy in France with Serena William’s previous coach, Patrick Mouratoglou. Gauff became the youngest champion of the USTA Clay Court National 12- and- under title, at age 10. When she was 12, she entered the Les Petits As 14- and -under, and made it to the semi-finals. She quickly rose through the ranks when she was 13 after she joined the ITF Junior Circuit, going directly to Grade A and Grade 1 tournaments. Her junior Grand Slam debut was made when she was at the 2017 US Open, finishing runner-up after losing to Amanda Anisimova.

She continues to beat pros, and make it far in tournaments. Gauff is a huge inspiration for teens and adults everywhere. She proves that if someone is passionate about something, and they put in the time and effort, they can be successful and amazing at it, at any age.