Sunday, June 30, 2019

15 year-old Cori Gauff youngest to qualify for Wimbledon

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Fifteen-year-old Cori Gauff of the United States made history by becoming the youngest player to qualify for Wimbledon.

African-American Gauff will also be the first 15-year-old to compete in the main draw since Britain’s Laura Robson in 2009 after defeating 19th seed Greet Minnen of Belgium 6-1, 6-1.

“I can do anything I put my mind to,” said the 301 world-ranked Gauff who was playing in qualifying on a wild card.

Born 13 March 2004, Gauff started playing tennis at 7.

Although she grew up in Atlanta, she moved to Florida to have better opportunities to train in tennis.

Her father Corey played basketball at Georgia State University and her mother Candi was a track and field athlete at Florida State University.

Gauff made her ITF debut in May 2018 as a qualifier into the $25K event at Osprey, where she won her first professional match. She has a WTA ranking of 874th.

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