Cori Gauff stunned the world when she beat five-times Wimbledon champion Venus Williams on the first day of the Wimbledon Championships.
The schoolgirl, 15, faced the 39-year-old on Centre Court and became the youngest player since 1991 to win the first round of the ladies’ singles, beating her hero in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4.
She broke down in tears the moment she won and hailed her idols Venus and Serena Williams as the reason she got into tennis.
Williams had already won four of her Grand Slam singles titles before Gauff was born in 2004.
The youngster said she plans to “just wing it” when she takes on Magdalena Rybarikova on court two around 7pm on Wednesday.
But who is the teenager who usurped the world No 44 and has captured everyone’s attention?
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Who is Cori ‘Coco’ Gauff?
The world No 313 was born on March, 13 2004 in Atlanta, Georgia, but moved to Florida when she was seven-years-old, with her parents and two younger brothers.
The choice of Florida was highly intentional – it’s a junior tennis haven and a place where players have turned professional.
The 15-year-old has trained with Gerard Loglo and she is home schooled by her mom Candi, who is a former teacher.
Cori is currently coached by Jean-Christophe Faurel and has trained at Mouratoglou Academy in France since the age of 10.
She is a member of ‘Team Mouratoglou’ – a group of young players that train out of Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou’s academy in France.
At the age of 13, she reached the U.S. Open Girls singles final and in 2018 at the age of 14, she won the French Open Junior’s singles title.
It’s only been three months since Gauff secured her first WTA Tour-level win at the Miami Open against Caty McNally.
And at the tender age of 15, she has already secured three major multi-year sponsorship deals, including with New Balance.
But the teenager is not focusing solely on her tennis, as she took a science school exam during Wimbledon qualifying last week and got a B.
She also showed she was just a normal teenager when she was asked the last time she had cried.
“It was watching Avengers: Endgame when Iron Man died,” she assured. “Every time I think of it, I get teary-eyed. I really liked Iron Man.”