Together with the ATP tournament and the ATP Champions Tour event, the crowd in Delray Beach will have the opportunity to witness the first-ever WTA match at the Delray Beach Tennis Center on February 15. One of the most promising players in the world Cori Gauff will face the NCAA Division I singles champion Estela Perez-Somarriba from the University of Miami.
The 15-year-old Gauff lives in Delray Beach and it should be an excellent experience for both her and the crowd on that Saturday evening. The young American has been destined for tennis glory, reaching the US Open junior final at the age of 13 and winning the crown at Roland Garros in June 2018, a couple of months after turning 14!
Capable of delivering professional wins at such a young age, Cori finished her junior career with the crown at Orange Bowl last December, embracing a pro swing in 2019 and making incredible progress to finish the year in the top-80 on both singles and doubles WTA list!
Passing three qualifying rounds at Wimbledon, Gauff defeated Venus Williams and advanced into the fourth round, almost repeating that at the US Open and claiming the first WTA title in Linz, as the youngest WTA champion since 2004!
Paired with Catherine McNally, Cori conquered Washington and Luxembourg, showing fantastic skills and stamina for a 15-year-old girl and hoping for more of the same in 2020. On the other hand, Estela Perez-Somarriba wrote history for her University, claiming the biggest title in college tennis following a stellar season with 43 wins and five losses, earning many awards and getting the opportunity to face Gauff in front of the packed stadium at the Delray Beach Tennis Center.
"This will be a test for both players," Delray Beach Open tournament director Mark Baron said. "Not just their tennis, as both are obviously playing fantastic right now, but their minds as well, playing in front of a lot of fans with Coco growing up here and Estela playing her college tennis in South Florida. It's going to be a spirited match and a loud crowd."