The 15-year-old American Cori Gauff has been one of the players of the season, gaining some 600 places on the WTA singles list and lifting three WTA titles overall. Cori became the youngest WTA singles champion since 2004 in Linz and went all the way in doubles with Catherine McNally in Washington and Luxembourg to finish the season inside the top-80 on both WTA lists at such a young age!
Finishing her junior career at the age of 14 in December 2018 after winning the Orange Bowl, Cori switched focus to a pro career, targeting a place in the top-100 by the end of 2019. Despite the age restrictions and her inexperience against older and more developed players, Gauff showed her class to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon as a qualifier and the third round at the US Open, finishing the season on a high note and preparing for the new one.
Before making a debut at the Australian Open, Cori Gauff will travel to Auckland, joining Serena Williams, Bianca Andreescu and Julia Goerges at the ASB Classic between January 6-12, getting the opportunity to test her skills against world's leading players ahead of the Melbourne showdown.
"Coco is probably the most in-demand player on tour at the moment. She was the front page of almost every global publication after her Wimbledon triumphs and set the sport alight. We have had some superstars come through Auckland early in their careers; however, Coco may well be the best of them all," said ASB Classic Tournament Director Karl Budge.
"I can't wait to start my season in Auckland. 2019 was such an incredible year and I achieved so many of the goals that I had set for myself. Wimbledon was a highlight, alongside capturing my first WTA title. However, I have many goals and things that I am working on in my game, and I can't wait to start my 2020 year at the ASB Classic. So many players talk about Auckland, I have not been there before so this will be cool to experience," said Gauff.