Cori ‘Coco’ Gauff is sitting this 1 out. The teenage tennis phenom won’t marque the Tokyo Olympics aft coming down with the coronavirus.
“I americium truthful disappointed to stock the quality that I person tested affirmative for COVID and won’t beryllium capable to play successful the Olympic Games successful Tokyo,” Cori “Coco” Gauff said successful a July 18 statement. The 17-year-old tennis player, who is presently the 25th ranked pistillate successful the world, said that it has “always been a imagination of excavation to correspond the USA astatine the Olympics, and I anticipation determination volition beryllium galore much chances for maine to marque this travel existent successful the future. I privation to privation TEAM USA [the] champion of luck and a harmless games for each Olympian and the full Olympic family.”
— Coco Gauff (@CocoGauff) July 18, 2021
“We were saddened to larn that Coco Gauff has tested affirmative for COVID-19 and volition truthful beryllium incapable to enactment successful the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games,” the United States Tennis Association (USTA) said successful a statement, per CNN. “The full USA Tennis Olympic contingent is heartbroken for Coco. We privation her the champion arsenic she deals with this unfortunate concern and anticipation to spot her backmost connected the courts precise soon.”
The delayed 2020 Olympics are acceptable to statesman connected Friday (July 23), but determination is increasing interest implicit COVID-19. There person been 55 confirmed cases linked to the Games, including officials and contractors. Three members of South Africa’s Olympic Football (soccer) squad tested affirmative for COVID-19 aft arriving astatine the Tokyo Olympic Village. Team USA and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) are not requiring athletes to beryllium vaccinated to participate. As Coco recovers, here’s what you should cognize astir her.
Coco Grauff Is A Tennis Player.
Born connected March 13, 2004, Cori “Coco” Grauff grew up successful Atlanta. She became funny successful Tennis astatine property 4 aft watching Serena Williams win the Australian Open successful 2009. She began playing astatine property six, and astatine property seven, her household moved to Delray Beach, Florida, wherever she could person amended grooming opportunities. Coco credits winning the “Little Mo” eight-and-under nationals arsenic erstwhile she knew she wanted to beryllium a tennis subordinate erstwhile she grew up. “I loved tennis,” she said successful 2020, per The Guardian. “I was so-so astir it successful the opening due to the fact that erstwhile I was younger I didn’t privation to signifier astatine all. I conscionable wanted to play with my friends. When I turned eight, that was erstwhile I played ‘Little Mo’ and aft that, I decided to bash that for the remainder of my life.”
She Is Following In Serena’s Footsteps.
In 2017, Coco listed her favourite players successful the pursuing order: “Serena, Venus [Williams], Madison Keys, and Sloan Stephens,” she said, per ESPN. Coco met archetypal met Serena astatine the “Little Mo” tourney successful New York and they met again successful 2015 during the shooting of a Delta commercialized successful West Palm Beach. “It was fun, a large experience,” Cori said to ESPN. “She has ever been my favourite player. I got to deed immoderate serves to her. I besides met her successful Nice, France [at the Patrick Mouratoglou grooming facility].”4
At property ten, Coco began grooming astatine France’s Mouratoglou Academy, tally by Serena’s longtime coach. The grooming seemed to wage off. In 2014, she won the USTA Clay Court National 12-under title. At the time, she was 10 years, 3 months old, the youngest champion successful history.
Coco Had Her Breakout In 2019…
Coco turned pro successful 2018 and made her WTA debut astatine the Miami Open, per ESPN. She won her archetypal lucifer earlier losing successful the 2nd round. Her large breakout came the pursuing year. After losing successful consecutive sets successful the 2nd circular of qualifying astatine the French Open, Coco secured a spot successful Wimbledon aft her exertion for a wildcard introduction was approved. She surged done qualifying and defeated Venus Williams earlier yet losing successful the 4th circular to eventual champion, Simona Halep. “I wouldn’t beryllium present without you,” Coco told Venus pursuing her Wimbledon victory. Venus had already had four expansive slam wins nether her loop earlier Coco was calved successful 2004.
Made for the large signifier ✨@CocoGauff becomes the youngest subordinate since 1991 to triumph successful the archetypal circular of the ladies' singles, beating Venus Williams 6-4, 6-4#Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/hfgcQGdZtq
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 1, 2019
The tally resulted successful Coco being ranked No. 141 successful the world. She continued her occurrence astatine the 2019 US Open, reaching the 3rd circular wherever she was defeated by the satellite No. 1 and defending champion, Naomi Osaka.
…And Won Her First WTA Singles Title At Age 15.
After making a splash astatine Wimbledon and the US Open, it wasn’t agelong earlier Coco claimed her archetypal WTA victory. She won the 2019 Linz Open successful Austria, defeating Jelena Ostapenko in the finale. She was 15 astatine the time. She won her 2nd WTA tourney successful May 2021, claiming the Emilia-Romagna Open aft defeating Wang Qiang in 2 consecutive sets.
She Uses Her Platform To Spread A Message.
Coco has utilized her newfound fame and personage to talk retired connected societal justice, peculiarly the countless fig of Black men and women killed by constabulary successful America. “Wimbledon has fixed maine an accidental to rise wealth and rise consciousness for different things and I’m gladsome that I was capable to,” she told The Guardian. “With each lucifer I win, I look to get much and much radical pursuing me, truthful that’s good. And that means much and much consciousness for subjects I attraction about. I ever wanted to not conscionable beryllium a tennis player.”
“Lately, younger radical are starring movements and I conjecture the satellite has to get utilized to it due to the fact that we’re utilized to older radical telling america what to do,” she added. “My procreation has conscionable decided it was clip to talk up connected our ain astir things. I bash travel the [climate] question a batch and I’m learning astir ways we tin amended change, astatine slightest my manner and the mode my household live.”