Here’s what you need to know about tennis’ teen sensation.
Cori Gauff – aged just 15 – beat her idol Venus Williams
Who is Cori Gauff?
Cori Gauff was born on 13 March, 2004, in Atlanta, Georgia, to a sporting family – her mother was an elite 110-meter hurdler, an award-winning dancer and a talented gymnast, while her father played basketball at Georgia State University.
She started playing tennis aged seven after deciding she didn’t like football and was also inspired by seeing the Williams sisters on TV.
In 2017, she became the youngest person to reach the final of the US Open girls’ singles tournament, aged 13. She then went on to win the French Open girls’ singles last year when she was just 14.
“I wasn’t much of a team person,” she said during an interview in 2017. “I loved tennis. I was so-so about it in the beginning because when I was younger I didn’t want to practice at all. I just wanted to play with my friends.”
Day one at Wimbledon provided a glimpse into the future of tennis, as Cori Gauff – aged just 15 – beat her idol Venus Williams, much to the amazement of the crowd on Number One Court.
After sinking to the ground, a visibly emotional Gauff walked to the net and shook hands with her illustrious opponent.
She had already made history by becoming the youngest player in the Open Era to enter the main draw at SW19 and further enhanced her rapidly growing reputation by taking out the former No. 1 and five-time Wimbledon winner.
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 1, 2019