American Coco Guaff turned 16 years old on Friday, March 13th and the teenager posted an update on her Instagram account, saying 'Sweet 16' Before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Coco Guaff was one of the biggest tennis stories in the past year.
Gauff made the headlines when she received a wild card into the qualifying draw at the 2019 Wimbledon Championships and became the youngest player in the tournament's history to qualify for the main draw. She reached the fourth round of the event, including a win over former World No.
1 and five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams. Gauff later reached the third round at the 2019 US Open, and the fourth round of the 2020 Australian Open. She is the youngest player ranked in the top 100 by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) and has a career-high ranking of No.
49 in the world in singles, and No. 42 in doubles. Gauff won her first WTA singles title at the 2019 Linz Open at the age of 15, making her the youngest singles title-holder on the WTA Tour since 2004. She also has won two WTA doubles titles with compatriot and fellow teenager Caty McNally.
By turning 16, the number of tournaments that Gauff is allowed to play on the WTA Tour has also increased, as part of the age-eligibility rules.