Coco Gauff on her first Australian Open: I'm really excited to play on the big stage


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Coco Gauff on her first Australian Open: I'm really excited to play on the big stage

Tennis - American teen star Coco Gauff says she is excited about playing in her first senior Grand Slam tournament where she is a direct entrant into the main draw. The youngster was speaking at a promotional event at the Australian Open on Tuesday.

Ranked No. 66 in the world, Gauff said, "I'm really excited. This is my first slam getting into the main draw without getting a wildcard or qualifying. I haven't been back in Melbourne since I was 13 when I played juniors so I'm really excited to play on the big stage."

Gauff made headlines when she reached the fourth round as a qualfier at Wimbledon which included an upset win over five-time champion Venus Williams. She also reached the third round of the US Open and won her first WTA title later in the year to become the youngest player in the Top 100 of the world rankings.

The 15 year old was part of a promotional event in Melbourne on Tuesday with actors from the Melbourne-production of 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' based on J.K. Rowling's fantasy books. Organisers have named the second Monday of the tournament on January 27th as 'Harry Potter Day' to try and attract families and younger fans."

AO's Richard Heaselgrave said that this was a first for the Australian Open and they want to encourage families and children to dress up as Harry Potter characters on the day. The Australian Open is the first Grand Slam of the tennis season and runs from January 20th to February 2nd.