Gauff ‘grounded’ by parents
As she soars into the second week in a spectacular Wimbledon debut, 15-year-old qualifier Coco Gauff is relying on her parents to keep her grounded as her tennis adventure continues.
The American prodigy has been writing her own script during her first appearances at the All England Club, beating her idol Venus Williams in the opening round and calmly fighting back from two match points down in her third-round defeat of Polona Hercog.
With her biggest test to come on Monday when she plays former No. 1 Simona Halep, Gauff was spending the weekend training and resting as she prepares to try and break new ground.
“My parents are just telling me to stay calm, stay focused because the tournament is not over yet,’ Gauff said.
“I’ve been kind of celebrating the night after the matches, then the next day back to practice. Looking forward to my next round.
While father Corey and mother Candi are doing as much as possible to bring their daughter down to earth, the parental pair have received social media help form an unexpected source – the mother of popstar Beyonce.
“Miss Tina Knowles, Beyonce’s mom, posted me on Instagram. I was, like, screaming,” he younger Gauff said. .
“I hope Beyonce saw that. I hope she told her daughter about me because I would love to go to a concert.”
The youngster has a score of sorts to settle with her parents after they once sneaked out unannounced to a Beyonce concert in MIami, leaving her to take care of her young siblings.
“Mmy parents told me to baby-sit my brothers. They didn’t tell me where they ere going.
“Then I see on Facebook that they’re at the Beyonce and Jay-Z concert. I was so mad. I told them I wanted to go.”
Gauf said that while she had never played on Wimbledon’s Centre Court prior to her third-round match, she had attended matches at the venue.
“I’ve been on Centre Court before watching Roger and Serena, but never on the court.
“Since Court 1 has the roof, they look identical. I wasn’t really fazed too much. Obviously it’s a little bit bigger. I don’t really look in the crowd too much. It was fine.”
Candi Gauff is turning into something of a minor social media meme as she cheers here daughter on during matches with unchecked emotion.
“Right after the (Hercog) match, I went on Instagram, I didn’t tell her, but she’s going to go viral,
“She’s going to be a meme. I’m going to retweet it and everything. So I’m excited.”
The breakthrough player said her confidence is rising despite her next-round challenge against the experienced Romanian Halep.
“I’ve won three matches now, so I think I kind of proved myself. Obviously this moment is an incredible moment. I’m still excited I get to keep living it.”
Written by Bill Scott for Grandslamtennis.online. To read more visit grandslamtennis.online