Coco Gauff Receives US Open Qualifying Wild Card

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14-year-old Cori “Coco” Gauff will make her US Open debut later this month in New York after the tournament announced their wild cards for the main and qualifying draws on Tuesday.

The Florida native has had an illustrious Junior career so far, but she’ll now get to see just how close her game is to the very best on the WTA tour. Gauff ‘s run at Roland Garros was eye-opening for tennis fans across the world after she became the youngest winner in 25 years.

Gauff had a shot at the main draw wildcard with the winner of the USTA Billie Jean King Girls’ 18 National Championships receiving one, but fell to eventual champion and wild card winner Whitney Osuigwe in the semifinals.

Gauff has only played two ITF professional tournaments, so playing on the big stage in New York will definitely be a huge step up from what she’s used to seeing. At just 14 years old she’s exceeded expectations on the Junior circuit, so it wouldn’t be shocking to see her hold her own against WTA tour level players.

Her aggressive style of play on the hard courts should translate well on the big stage. She has the kind of power that can hit an opponent right off the court. Last year, Gauff reached the finals of the US Open girls championships before losing to Amanda Anisimova, who was awarded a main draw wild card today.

We’ve seen up and coming Americans announce their presence at the US Open like Anisimova last year, and Cici Bellis in 2014. Gauff can undoubtedly be the next one to do so, but if not this year she has plenty of time in the coming years.

US Open qualifying gets underway on Tuesday, August, 21st. Other qualifying wild card recipients include Kayla Day, Caty Mcnally, Ashley Kratzer, Ann Li, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Danielle Lao, Gail Brodsky, and Jessica Pegula.

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  1. It’d be really awesome if Brodsky could somehow manage to put herself together a good run in the main draw at the U.S. Open this year because not only would it do absolute wonders for her as far as her gaining a lot of confidence and belief in her game but it’d also prove to everyone else that she’s in it to win it.

    I’d really love it if all of these former tennis stars who’d decided to retire from the sport before their time was up would come back again and give tennis one more shot such as (E. Dementieva), ( N. Petrova), (K. Clijsters), (J. Henin), and (N. Vaidisova)….Because nearly if not all of them were still more than capable of playing at a elite championship level of tennis at the time of their retirement announcements.

    Player’s such as K. Clijsters and J. Henin would’ve still been at the top of women’s tennis or at the very least near it right now if they hadn’t decided to retire. In particular J. Henin for example was indisputably the best women’s tennis player in the whole entire world whenever she abruptly announced that she was done with it the first time back in 2008 which was a tragic error on her part because she had elevated her level of play to such heights that nobody else on tour could’ve posed a legitimately serious threat to end her reign at the top of women’s tennis for a very long time.

    The problem was that she’d failed to realize that she was headed towards a complete and total burnout type of situation which made her think that she was done with tennis at the time but in reality she’d gotten burnt out due to not taking breaks or an adequate amount of personal time away from the sport so she could recharge her batteries and keep that inner passion and burning desire for the game alive deep down inside.

    It’s essentially the same exact thing that happened to S. Graf back in “99” as well….if she’d chosen to take some personal time or mini breaks away from playing tennis instead of retiring altogether then it’s highly probable that she would’ve played another 4-5 years longer and certainly would’ve regained her rightful place at the top of women’s tennis again plus she would’ve added at the very least another 4-6 major slam championship titles to her final total which essentially would’ve put the danger of someone breaking her record well out of reach.

    If only’s have a lot more to do with tennis history both past and present than people think for example had Graf not retired but instead opted to take a mini break away from tennis and continued playing tennis until she was into her late thirties then S. Williams wouldn’t have been remotely close to surpassing her record. Isn’t it crazy how one person’s decision can have such a major impact on another person’s life?

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