Rising American star Cori Gauff, 17, is set to celebrate her 18th birthday during the Indian Wells Masters and she joked she is looking forward to being able to fill out her documents on her own. Gauff, ranked at No. 17 in the world, is the youngest player ranked inside the top-100 in the world and one of the most talented and promising players on the Tour.
"No more having my parents fill out my documents and stuff, so I'm excited for that," Gauff said. "I guess it's been three years since I really started playing on tour and the time has gone by fast.
I really can't believe that I'm going to legally be an adult, but my parents won't see me as one."
Gauff shows support to the LGBTQ community
Gauff, a Florida native, underlined that she is strongly against the "Don't Say Gay" bill.
"I'm against it," Gauff said. "I think that these conversations are important, and for me, who has friends in the LGBTQ+ community, I couldn't imagine not being able to talk about your identity. I feel like that's something that is normal.
"Every [LGBTQ+] person I've known has known that they were part of that community since they were young. So I think it's important that they have those conversations in school because that is supposed to be a safe place to talk about everything.
Like I said before - I think it was in 2019 or 2020 when I talked about the Black Lives Matter movement - I said it was important to have those conversations. Same stance on this. "I think it's important to have those tough conversations, and from the people that I spoke to who are part of the community, it definitely makes a difference when you don't have to hide who you are."