Florida native Cori “Coco” Gauff became the youngest woman to win the junior title at Roland Garros since 1993 with a 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (1) victory over Caty McNally. At 14 years and two months old, she becomes the fifth-youngest to win the title in the history of the French Open.
Twenty-five years ago, former Swiss tennis player Martina Hingis became the youngest player to win a Grand Slam junior title: the girls’ singles at 12 years old.
According to Tennis magazine, since 2015 Gauff has been training with Patrick Mouratoglou, Serena Williams’ coach, to improve her work on the clay court. She is the daughter of Corey Gauff, a former basketball player at Georgia State University, and Candi Gauff, a former track star and gymnast.
14-year-old American Coco Gauff wins all-🇺🇸 girls’ singles final with a 16 63 76(1) triumph over Katy McNally. At 14 yrs, 2 mos is youngest champ since Hingis in ’94 #RG18
— Nick McCarvel (@NickMcCarvel) June 9, 2018
The young tennis star posted about her victory to her Instagram account writing, “It has been an incredible experience here in Paris winning my first junior grand slam. Thank you God for allowing me to have such an unforgettable week. Thanks to everyone who supported me during this tournament. I can’t wait to be back for many more years to come❤️ #rgchampion.”
Gauff has been playing tennis since the age of 6.
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