The 15-year-old Cori Gauff has taken the world of tennis by storm, making incredible progress in the last two years and standing as the one to watch in the future. Despite all the restrictions, the young American will finish the season in the top-80 on both singles and doubles WTA lists, hoping for more of the same in 2020.
Cori will kick off the next season at the ASB Classic in Auckland before heading to Melbourne for her first Australian Open appearance at such a young age, seeking the same kind of form she produced at Wimbledon and the US Open in the year behind us.
Also, Cori has been confirmed for the 2020 edition of the Citi Open in Washington, returning to the event where she claimed the doubles title with Catherine McNally this August. The tenth edition of the Citi Open at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center will take place in the first week of August next year and Cori should be among the favorites for the latter stages if she continues to develop her game like she has been so far since the US Open 2017 when she played in the junior final at the age of 13!
In 2018, Cori made her first pro steps and claimed titles at junior Roland Garros and Orange Bowl, becoming world no. 1 at only 14 and finishing her junior duties at the end of the season, when her coevals were only starting it.
Confident about her abilities and ready to work hard on various improvements of her already well-balanced game, Cori played in the first pro final in February this year and managed to pass the qualifying draw at Wimbledon, still ranked outside the top-300.
At the All England Club, Cori defeated one of her idols and multiple Wimbledon champion Venus Williams and two other opponents to find herself in the last 16 as the youngest player in almost 30 years, showing her best tennis again at the US Open again where Naomi Osaka defeated her in the third round.
Making bigger and bigger movements on the list, the 15-year-old stood on the verge of the top-100 ahead of Linz and Luxembourg, entering the main draw in Austria as a lucky loser in the very last moment and going all the way to claim the title and become the youngest WTA champion since Nicole Vaidisova in 2004, earning enough points to find herself well-inside the top-100 and achieve the goal set at the beginning of the year.
In Luxembourg, Cori lost in the first round in singles but there was another title in her hands when she and Catherine McNally toppled three of the top-4 seeds and claimed already their second WTA crown after Washington. "Seeing the energy and excitement that Coco brought to our Citi Open fans and community in 2019 was one of the highlights of the tournament and we are thrilled to welcome her back in 2020," said Mark Ein, owner of MDE Tennis and the manager of the Citi Open.
"Coco is a compelling talent and personality on the court and a wonderful representative of our sport off the court. She is certainly a big part of the future of tennis and the perfect headliner to help us commemorate the tenth anniversary of the addition of the women's tournament to the Citi Open."
"Last year, I won my first WTA title in Washington and also got to meet Miss Michelle Obama, which was really cool," Gauff said. "My family and I had a good time in D.C., so it wasn't hard to make the decision to come back.
I hope I'm able to defend my doubles title with Caty as well. I'm excited to be back in the capital as I had a lot of fun last summer."