Here’s Everything You Need To Know About Cori ‘Coco’ Gauff – The 15-Year-Old Rocking Wimbledon

'I don't say this lightly, but if she isn't No.1 by the time she is 20 I would be absolutely shocked.'

Cori Gauff

by Sofia Tindall |

Do you remember what you were doing the summer that you were 15? If you were anything like me, you ambitions ended at finishing mock GCSE's alive, and developing a tenuously flirty relationship with a classmate over MSN (also collecting every shade of juicy tube available - after all it was the noughties). This is not the case for Cori 'Coco' Gauff, who is now busy making history on the tennis courts - all while juggling her science exams. But don't worry if you've yet to hear of the teen tennis rocket - here's everything you need to know before tuning into Wimbledon...

How Old Is Cori Gauff?

Cori Gauff is just 15 - which is why it is even more impressive that she beat Venus Williams on Monday in her debut Wimbledon tournament. This is your cue to sit up and pay attention: because the teenager - nicknamed 'Coco' - is now the youngest player to have ever made it to Wimbledon's main draw through qualifying (one of the reasons that the tennis buffs haven't stopped talking about her). Her win against Venus Williams took place in their first-round clash at the All England Club on the 1st of July, and it seems Venus was just as impressed with Gauff as we are. Following the match, Cori told CNN that Venus had told her 'congratulations, keep going and good luck' she added 'I just told her I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for her, she's so inspiring. I've always wanted to tell her that, but I've never had the guts to before' (really adding to our fangirling over the show of female solidarity for this years' Wimbledon in the process).

Gauff was born on March 14th 2004 in Georgia, and, unsurprisingly athleticism runs in her family genes: her father Corey was a college Basketball star, while her mother Candi was a college track and field athlete (are you also spotting the Corey+Candi = Cori name amalgamation?), however she now lives in Delray beach, Florida with her two brothers.

How Did Cori Gauff Beat Venus Williams?

Perhaps it's not surprising that Coco might have been harboring a few tricks up her sleeve to beat Venus Williams: while she is mainly coached by her father, she also trains with Serena Williams coach Patrick Mouratoglou. Don't be fooled by her youthful appearance either: although she might be young by Tennis-world standards, Cori has proved that her age is just a number by already securing some impressive accolades: winning the French Open girls championships, making it to the quarter finals of junior Wimbledon last year, and becoming the youngest woman to win a grand slam qualifying match in the French Open. (not to mention, prolific men's champion John Mcenroe has said 'I don't say this lightly, but if she isn't No.1 by the time she is 20 I would be absolutely shocked.')

Is Cori 'Coco' Gauff On Instagram?

Like any regular 15-year-old, Cori Gauff has Instagram (@cocogauff) which we have of course tracked down, and which has offered solid proof she is just as cool off-court than she is on-court and with pictures of her rocking some great prints as well as incredible tennis moves - we've been left wondering whether Coco could be shaping up to be a bit of a rising fashion icon too?

One thing's for certain: we can't wait to see how Cori tackles Wimbledon. With the England Woman's Football team also steaming ahead in the leagues this week, it seems like 2019 is rapidly becoming the year for women's sport. And we can't think of a better cause for celebration (yes, this is your license to start prepping your Pimms).

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Pippa and James made their Wimbledon debut as a married couple last year.

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We can only wonder what Anna thought of Bradley's off-duty look...

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The Beckham boys (minus Brooklyn) enjoyed a family day out.

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One row behind Kate and Wills, you'll spot Mayor of London Sadiq Khan...

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Another sibling day out for the Middletons.

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We can only hope that Chrissy live tweeted the whole match...

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Keira and husband James opt for co-ordinating navy blue looks.

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Three national treasures in the same frame.

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Avengers assemble on Centre Court...

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The model, the Oscar nominee and the survival expert...

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Pippa enjoyed a chat with former heptathlete and BBC pundit Denise.

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As ever, the Beckhams proved their mastery of co-ordinated couples dressing (though this time no leather was involved...)

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And lo, the random Wimbledon celebrity generator produced... the then-leader of the Lib Dems, a tennis legend and the Princess of Genovia!

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The ultimate royal wave...

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Maybe Kate is getting a few tennis tips from the retired British player?

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