Congratulations to Delray Beach’s Coco Gauff on her Wimbledon win against Venus Williams—at just 15 years old! We dug into our archives to share this story from 2017, when we pegged her as a young athlete to keep your eye on.
You may not know their names yet—but you will in a few years when these young athletes take on the world beyond South Florida
Name: CORI “COCO” GAUFF
School: Florida Virtual School
Claim to Fame: At 12, Delray Beach’s Coco Gauff is considered one of the best rising stars in tennis. She is ranked as one of the top 12-year-olds in the world, having won in her age group in the prestigious Junior Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships in Miami in December. Although she has been playing competitively for only about four years, she has won more than 100 matches in about 50 tournaments, often playing against girls who are four or five years older.
The daughter of two former college athletes, Gauff is already almost 5-foot-8 and is fast and strong. She’s also tenacious. “I never give up,” she said. “I never think it’s good enough. If it’s not better than good, then I’m not happy.” In addition to tennis, Gauff is a standout in track and competes in distance races.
Challenges: An outstanding athlete, Gauff didn’t decide tennis would be her sport until she was almost 8 years old. Other competitors of her caliber start when they are even younger.
Future hopes and dreams: Gauff has her sights set on becoming a household name just like another Palm Beach County tennis pro, Serena Williams.
This story comes from the March 2017 issue of Delray magazine. Read more stories like this in our archives.