Tennis Coco Gauff: What is it like to be a...

Coco Gauff: What is it like to be a world-famous teenage tennis star?


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Tennis star Coco Gauff became one of the biggest names in sports this summer, after becoming the youngest player to qualify for Wimbledon.

Her biggest moment was beating Venus Williams, something no one expected!

After going through the first week of the competition, Coco was knocked out by Simona Halep – who went on to win the entire competition.

Teen Vogue caught her in front of the US Open, securing another wild-card entry for the main draw of the tournament.

So what has life been like for Coco since she shot to fame at Wimbledon, and what has she been up to?

Coco has spent time with family

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Understandably, she has been busy with tennis practice and home schooling, but when not on the field she enjoys spending time with her family.

Coco told Teen Vogue: "I don't really look at my cousins ​​as cousins, more as friends because I actually relate to them," she says. "Now that everything has happened, I know they always want my back."

Although tennis is her focus, she is passionate about spending great holidays with her family, so if Coco ends up playing in the Australian Open (which takes place right after Christmas), her family will have to be part of it.

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But like any teenager, she still has the occasional disagreement with her parents. "Sometimes when you're around a lot, you get sick of them," she says. "So sometimes (my dad and I) go through it, and then my mom kind of pieces it back together."

When not playing, she is most likely to find sports with her brothers, Cameron, 6, and Cody, 11. She also likes to order new sportswear and jeans, binge-watch TV shows and listen to a lot of hip-hop.

And when she's not traveling around the world, she likes to return to the place where she is most at home. After Wimbledon in July, Coco says she spent her first weekend at home at church, where her great-grandfather was previously a pastor.

She had to get used to her newfound fame

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Since Wimbledon, Coco's received tweets from the former First Lady Michelle Obama as well as getting DM's from Beyonce's sister Solange, fashion designer Tina Lawson, and her favorite YouTube beauty guru, Jackie Aina.

What did she do? She responded as all of us probably would – by immediately phasing her best friend!

"She screamed. I scream, ”she says. "My dad, he doesn't really know all the people I'm with, so he's like & # 39; Oh, who is he? Oh, that's cool & # 39;."

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Although the "Cocomania" that came after Wimbledon was mostly positive, Coco says she has learned not to pay attention to what other people think.

She doesn't read articles about herself and says she doesn't like to read too much into the labels placed on her.

"I try not to think about it because it will put too much pressure on (me)," she says.

And even though her Instagram comments are "99% positive", she says "even the negatives I see (don't) bother me because I don't care".

Cocos thinks about her future

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"I don't (just) want to be known as a tennis player," Coco said, so she plans to go to college.

She told Teen Vogue that her parents, since she was a small child, had high expectations for her, not necessarily to win trophies, but to reach her full potential in whatever she wants to do.

"(Coco) has a responsibility," Candi says. "You come from a lineage that has done great things. We wouldn't put (anything) on ​​you that hasn't been done (already)."

But she wants people to know that none of her success has happened by accident and avoids describing herself as a "wonderful child".

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Coco's father Corey added: "When it comes to something like tennis, (Coco) works hard. This is not an accident. She may be popular overnight, but she is not an overnight success."

Coco's parents are also anxious for her to remain "the humble, well-mannered, driven person they know her to be" but still "have a place to be a child".

"She will make some slightly poor choices here and there. We just hope they are not disastrous," her father said.

Preparing for the US Open

Coco received a wildcard drawing for the US Open's main draw later this month and will no doubt be aware that all eyes will be on her after her success at Wimbledon.

Coco says she always dreamed of becoming the best in tennis, but she never expected the attention that came with it.

"Tennis in the United States is not like the big sport, and now I have people who can stop me on the streets and all that," she says. "That's a plus."

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There are rules that limit the number of professional tournaments that teens can play based on their age and the number of wildcards they can receive.

The rules of the Women's Tennis Association's (WTA) are designed to protect young players from burning out from playing too many games and being under too much pressure early in their careers. But some people claim that they are preventing very successful younger players like Coco from reaching their full potential.

But so far, it doesn't sound like Coco is too worried. She said, "I just want to win more. I love winning more than I hate to lose."


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