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Biofile: Coco Gauff Interview

Status: WTA 15 year old pro defeated Venus Williams in the first round at Wimbledon, 64 64.

DOB: March 13, 2004 In: Delray Beach, Florida

First Tennis Memory: My first memory was when I played in Atlanta, it was when I was five or six years old and I was hitting against the garage as a hitting wall. And I used to get mad because I couldn’t hit more than two balls in a row [smiles].

Tennis Inspirations: Serena Williams. Because she fights. And she’s on top.

Last Book Read: I don’t know. I read a lot of books.

First Famous Tennis Player You Met Or Encountered: I believe it was Sloane Stephens actually. At my old academy.

Favorite Meal: Salmon.

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Cookies and cream.

Greatest Career Moment (so far): Winning French Open (2018).

Most Painful Moment: Any time I lose [smiles].

Favorite Tournament: No. Whichever. I’m competitive, so it doesn’t matter.

Funny Tennis Memory: I think when I was serving and I missed the whole entire ball [smiles]. At clay court nationals. There was a lot of people watching. The sun was in my eye while I was serving.

Strangest Match: I played a women’s open and I played against a lady that was like 35 years old. So it was weird. I was 12. So that was weird, playing someone so much older than you. (How did you do?) I won.

Favorite Sport Outside Tennis: Between basketball and track. I played basketball this year and planning to run track this year. (Which event?) I run 800 meters and 4 by 4 (400 relay). But this year I want to run 400 meters and 4×4.

Favorite Athletes To Watch: LeBron James. Serena Williams obviously. And I like Simone Biles from gymnastics.

People Qualities Most Admired: Kindness and respect. Seeing people that are respectful [smiles].

Note: I did this Biofile with Coco at the 2017 Delray Beach Open where she was attending as a fan after practicing on local public courts. I first saw Coco play at Eddie Herr in the 12s division where she lost in the finals to Noa Krznaric of Croatia.

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