World No. 12 Cori Gauff plans to start her 2023 season at the ASB Classic in Auckland, the tournament announced. Gauff, 18, will be making her second Auckland appearance next season. Gauff debuted at the Auckland event in 2020, when she reached the last-16 before losing to Laura Siegemund.
Gauff didn't enjoy a memorable Auckland debut but she fell in love with the place and is looking forward to kicking off her 2023 season in New Zealand. "Auckland is such a beautiful city and I am excited to come back. I chose to return because the fans, the atmosphere and the city are unique to the tour," Gauff said in a statement provided by the tournament.
Welcome back Coco! @CocoGauff confirms return to the ASB Classic 2023.
ð£ï¸"Auckland is such a beautiful city and I am excited to come back. I chose to return because the fans, the atmosphere and the city are unique to the tour”.
Gauff shared a positive update
Last week in Cincinnati, Gauff sprained her ankle during her first round match versus Marie Bouzkova.
Gauff had a 5-3 lead versus Bouzkova when she sustained an ankle injury. After losing the next five games, Gauff retired the match. With the US Open just around the corner, her fans were extremely concerned. Fortunately, Gauff avoided a serious injury and she will likely be ready for the US Open.
"Hi everyone! I just wanted to give an update since I have gotten tons of really nice messages of concern. I promise I'm ok! The world is not ending lol! I have been told it is most likely a really minor sprain so everything should be healed very soon.
Thank you everyone for reaching out and I'll see you soon," Gauff wrote in a message posted the day after the injury. It has been a good 2022 season for Gauff, who would certainly love to cap off her year with a maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open.
Gauff, who ended runner-up to Iga Swiatek in this year's French Open final, has never made it past the third round at the US Open. It remains to be seen how far can Gauff go at this year's US Open.