July 12, 2024

Open Court


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Once she got into the qualifying, few had much doubt that 15-year-old Coco Gauff would make it through two matches in a draw that, let’s be honest, was very doable.

And she did. Gauff routined Hiroko Kuwata of Japan 6-1, 6-2 in 64 minutes Sunday to advance to the Citi Open main draw.

Her first-round opponent will be Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan.

But first, she’ll play doubles with Caty McNally Monday.

If she can get through the Diyas match, she would face the winner of the match between No. 5 seed Lesia Tsurenko and Yafan Wang of China.

You would also expect her, as she did for both her qualifying matches, to be put on the stadium court. We’ll see how that works out.

Monday would have been a relatively easy scheduling job. But as the week goes on, there are a lot of seeds to place. And with the men’s event being an ATP 500, they tend to get priority over the WTA, for which it is a lowest-level International event.

However, Coco Mania shows no signs of slowing down. It undoubtedly might not sit that well with some of the players. Which is not Gauff’s problem.

Here’s what the teenager said in her second press conference in two days.

Gauff said during her press conference that the entire family was on hand – including her two little brothers and her grandparents.

Had she not made it into the qualifying, they would have done some sightseeing in D.C.

It wasn’t too hard to pick out her little brothers in the crowd. Pretty strong family resemblance.

It was easy to spot Coco Gauff’s little brothers in the crowd (and Grandma, who is a hottie). (Stephanie Myles/Tennis.Life)

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