GrandMom on Coco Gauff: I love her dearly, so Winning is not the motivation for me


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GrandMom on Coco Gauff: I love her dearly, so Winning is not the motivation for me

Coco Gauff has taken the tennis world by storm over the past 9 months and returns to her native Delray Beach this weekend for an exhibition match on Saturday night. The 15 year old will be playing the featured match on center court on Saturday night at the Delray Beach Open against NCAA Champion and University of Miami star Estela Perez-Somarriba.

It will be her first match in Delray Beach since her breakthrough at Wimbledon last year. One of the people firmly in her corner is her grandmother Yvoone Odom. Speaking to CBS12.com, Odom says, "I told her whether she wins, loses, and draws, she's always going to be my grand baby.

I love her dearly, so (winning is) not the motivation for me. I just want her to be a happy girl, and be nice. I like being a kind person, so that's what we like instilling in her too." Gauff is ranked a career-high No.

51 in the WTA world rankings currently, making her the youngest player ranked in the top 100 by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA). She is also ranked No. 42 in the world in doubles. The American teen 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 fellow teen Caty McNally. She reached the fourth round at Wimbledon last year as a qualifier, the third round of the US Open and the fourth round of this year's Australian Open in Melbourne.