Coco Gauff was born in Delray Beach on March 13, 2004.
Coco is considered the heir to sisters Venus and Serena Williams. Despite her young age, she won three WTA singles titles, three doubles titles with Caty McNally and two with Jessica Pegula.
In doubles she reached number one in the world rankings, reached on August 15, 2022. In singles, however, on October 24, 2022 she reached number 4.
As for the Grand Slam tournaments, she was a finalist at the 2022 French Open, an achievement that allowed her to become, at the age of eighteen years and two months, the youngest Grand Slam finalist since Maria Sharapova at Wimbledon 2004 Previously, she stood out for reaching the round of 16 at Wimbledon 2019 and the third round at the US Open the same year, in the latter circumstance becoming the youngest tennis player to do so since Anna Kurnikova in 1996.
At Juniores level you have reported excellent results. In 2017 she reached the final of the US Open, thus becoming the youngest finalist of the New York Grand Slam at the age of thirteen. However, she will then be outclassed by Amanda Anisimova, who will only give her two games. The following year she won the girls' singles title at Roland Garros, beating Caty McNally in a comeback. Also in 2018, she won the girls' doubles title at the US Open alongside McNally, easily defeating countrywomen Hailey Baptiste/Dalayna Hewitt.
Thanks to a wildcard granted by the organizers, she made her debut on the WTA Tour in 2019, at the Miami Open, where she also won her first match by beating compatriot Caty McNally in straight sets. In the second round, she loses to 14th seed Daria Kasatkina. After playing a series of matches at the ITF level, she received a wild card to take part in the Roland Garros qualifiers, where she was ousted in the second round by Slovenian Kaja Juvan.
The same year, she passes all three qualifying rounds of the Wimbledon tournament without giving up a single set. In her Grand Slam main draw debut, she defeated five-time champion Venus Williams in a doubles 6-4. At 15 years and 122 days, Gauff therefore becomes the youngest tennis player to win a match in a Grand Slam since Anna Kurnikova. In the next two rounds she beat Magdalena Rybarikova in straight sets and Polona Hercog respectively in a particularly complicated match, during which she had to recover from a deficit of one set and one break and save two match points.
Having therefore reached the round of 16, the young American is forced to succumb to the Romanian Simona Halep, future champion, who beats her with a double 6-3. Thanks to the excellent result obtained in the prestigious London Slam, Gauff promises to be one of the future stars of world tennis and also perfects her best ranking at 141st position.
Also in 2019, she won her first WTA title, in Linz, where she defeated Jekena Ostapenko in three sets.
In 2020, she returns to the court only in August due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced the tennis world to a forced stop from March 9 to August 3. She disputes the tournament of Lexington, where she imposes on her: Caroline Dolehide for 7-5 7-5; Aryna Sabalenka, No. 11 in the world, by 7-64 4-6 6-4 and Ons Jabeur, seeded number eight, in a comeback by 4-6 6-4 6-1.
Her semifinal pits her against compatriot Jennifer Brady, while Gauff has virtually already improved her best ranking by one position, climbing to 48th place in the world rankings. She will not be able to access the final, as she is defeated in two partials by Brady, the future champion. She then shows up at the US Open 2020, where, however, she is defeated on her debut by Anastasija Sevastova. She manages to enter the WTA Top 50 in the season.
In 2021, she reaches her first WTA 1000 semifinal and first Slam quarterfinal in singles. In addition, she also reaches her first Grand Slam final in doubles.
In Rome she reached her first semifinal in a WTA 1000. The American barely ousted Julija Putinceva and the top 20 Maria Sakkari in three sets, while she surprisingly eliminated Aryna Sabalenka, number four in the world ranking, 7-5 6-3. In the quarterfinals, however, she benefits from the withdrawal of No. 1 ranked Ashleigh Barty, while trailing 4-6 1-2. Later, she was defeated in straight sets by the eventual champion, Iga Swiatek. She reached and lost the final of the US Open in doubles, with Caty McNally, defeated by Samantha Stosur and Zhang Shuai.
2022 is the year of her consecration. She reaches and loses her first Grand Slam final, at the Roland Garros, against Iga Swiatek.
In Paris, from 18th seed, she surpasses Rebecca Marino (6-0 7-5), Alison Van Uytvanck (6-1 7-6(4)), Kaia Kanepi (6-3 6-4) and Elise Mertens (6-4 6-0). The American thus manages to confirm the quarterfinals of 2021. Among her last eight, Coco wins the derby with Sloane Stephens with a score of 7-5 6-2, accessing her first semifinal in a slam tournament. The 18-year-old from Delray Beach, in the penultimate act, easily prevailed over Martina Trevisan 6-3 6-1, conquering her first major-level final.
Coco is the youngest finalist in Paris since 2001 and the first 18-year-old in a Grand Slam final since Wimbledon 2004, when Maria Sharapova won the tournament. In the last act, the American faces world No. 1 Iga Swiatek, who hasn't lost a match on the WTA Tour since February. The Pole continues her streak, beating Gauff in just over an hour, with the score of 6-1 6-3. In the same edition she reaches and loses, with Jessica Pegula, the final of the women's doubles in Paris. She also closes the year in top-5.
The American tennis player starts 2023 in Auckland, where she is credited with the first seed. She beats Tatjana Maria (6-4 6-1), former Grand Slam champion Sofia Kenin (6-4 6-4), Lin Zhu (6-3 6-2) and 7 seed Danka Kovinic by 6-2 6-0, reaching the fourth WTA final in her career, the first since the one she caught at Roland Garros in 2022. In the last act, Gauff clearly prevailed over the qualified Masarova (6-1 6-1), conquering the third title in his career, without giving up any set along the way. With Jessica Pegula, she also reaches and loses the final in doubles at the 2023 Australian Open.
In a 2020 post on Behind the Racquet, created by pro tennis player Noah Rubin, Coco Gauff said she has suffered from depression and stress related to her sports career. Her parents clarified that she had not been diagnosed with depression in a clinical sense and had not sought medical treatment related to her psychological well-being.
Gauff's tennis idols are Serena and Venus Williams. "Serena Williams has always been my idol…and Venus. They're the reason I wanted to pick up a tennis racket."
After defeating Venus at Wimbledon in 2019, Gauff praised Venus as they shook hands at the net. She said: "I was just saying thank you for everything you have done for the sport. You have been an inspiration to many people. I was just saying really thank you."
Coco Gauff's net worth is estimated to be around $6 million. As of 2023, her annual income is approximately $1 million. Her main source of income comes from the organization's salary, awards and brand promotions. Her net worth has increased 200% in the past two years.
Coco uses a Head Boom MP 2022 with 16 main and 19 string strings. She wears New Balance clothes and tennis shoes. In October 2018, Gauff signed his first multi-year endorsement deal, with New Balance. At the 2021 French Open, Gauff wore a New Balance ensemble with bold pops of mismatched color to contrast with doubles partner Venus Williams' all-white ensemble.
In March 2019, she announced a multi-year sponsorship deal with Italian food company Barilla, which also sponsors Roger Federer.