When Venus Williams had already raised her first two trophies at Wimbledon, in 2000 and 2001, she had not been born yet. Then, March 2004, the first had already conquered two other Grand Slams and surely could not imagine that it would continue competing on the verge of quarantine, much less than at age 39, after 25 in the elite of tennis, it would have opposite in the clue to a girl who at 15 years and 122 days, 24 springs less, has already made history when she has barely taken a couple of steps in professionalism.
It’s called Cori Gauff and it’s the last scream. Wimbledon has not even officially started and the British great has already suffered the first shock with the emergence of this American novel that after receiving an invitation, knocked out in the qualifying phase the Spanish Alyona Bolsova and two other rivals, and prematurely demolished the gate of the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club to become the youngest player to access the main draw of the London tournament in the Open Era (since 1968).
For the general public it is a complete unknown, but in the backstage of the circuit and spoke of it because it was offering clues. With 12 years he won the Orange Junior Bowl, the children’s tournament that uncovers the talents of the United States one year later, with 13, she became the youngest junior finalist in the US Open and the following season was proclaimed champion of the category at Roland Garros, being also the youngest junior number one of all time. Now, while London warms up, she has left a mark. The last girl of 15 years (and 165 days) who had agreed to the final table was the British Laura Robson, in 2009.
The surprise is relative, while Gauff seems predestined to do great things. He was born in Atlanta, at age 10 he signed his first advertising contract, with Nike, and according to Forbes magazine he has already billed a million dollars in sponsorships; between brands, New Balance, Barilla or Head. His projection made the company Team8, directed by Roger Federer and his agent, Tony Godsick, launch their networks on it. And last year he made the leap to the WTA circuit, issuing a message of the most ambitious.
“My goal is to finish 2019 among the top 100,” he warned in December. “I would love to play against Serena,” he said when he had guaranteed access to Wimbledon, being virtually the 299 in the world.
“He has a natural talent, his conditions come standard. It is aggressive and has the ability to work, “the radiography was three months ago the technician of Williams, the Frenchman Patrick Moratoglou, whose academy (Nice) has already passed several times Gauff to multiply its benefits.
Daughter of a former basketball player and an exatleta settled in Florida and already reaches 1.76 in height. This course had already won a match in Miami, and his country crosses its fingers to pick up the witness that progressively releases Serena.
“My first memories are to see her on television, winning Wimbledon. She is the reason why I play tennis, the reason why my father bought me my first racket “, says the North American, already joined to a line of succession in which a group of candidates are crowded together that do not curdle. Sloane Stephens (26 years old, a big one: US Open 2017) came out and above all there is a lot of hope in Amanda Anisimova, a finalist this year at Roland Garros when she was only 17 years old.
The last sensation is Coco Gauff, mediatic when her teeth have barely emerged, sportingly speaking, and that follows the wake left in 2017 by the Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk. This reached the third round of the Australian Open with 15 years, but since then it has been evaporating. Now, tennis is attending another brilliant incursion.