Giulia Gatto-Monticone Sets for Wimbledon Debut at Age 31

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Giulia Gatto-Monticone Sets for Wimbledon Debut at Age 31

While 15-year-old Cori Gauff is making her Wimbledon debut at the age of 15 against Venus Williams, another player will be making her Wimbledon debut against Serena Williams - Italy's Giulia Gatto-Monticone. There is one major difference between Gauff and Gatto-Monticone though.

Gatto-Monticone is 31 years old and has been on the professional circuit for 16 years. According to Sport24, Gatto-Monticone says, "I've made a lot of sacrifices, I can selfishly say that I deserve all this, then my staff has always supported me and I cannot but thank them for that."

This is the Grand Slam in a row that Gatto-Monticone has qualified for. She qualified for the French Open last month and became the oldest player to make her Grand Slam debut since Renee Richards made her debut at the 1977 US Open at the age of 43.

Gatto-Monticone says taking up martial arts and visiting Japan regularly have helped her career blossom at this late age. "It's the third year now that I've gone to Japan, usually the goal is to raise the level by playing very fast tennis, After the first week I was in pieces, but after recovering I picked up some excellent results.

I'm always eager to go back to Japan. I discovered a wonderful nation and in these years I have had the opportunity to discover customs and traditions different from ours." Gatto-Monticone is ranked No. 162 in the world.

She has won 10 ITF singles titles during her career and finished runner-up on 18 other occasions as well as winning 25 ITF doubles titles and finishing runner-up on 12 other occasions.