What were you doing as a 15 year old on the first days of summer vacation?
Hanging out with your buddies at a beach or a shopping mall like every other normal teenager I bet.
Well, Cori Gauff is no ordinary teenager and she showed just why yesterday knocking five time champ Venus Williams out of Wimbledon in the first round, producing one hell of an upset on the opening day of SW19.
Ranked 301st in the world, Atlanta born ‘Coco’ had to tackle three rounds of qualifying just to reach the first round, as well as take a science exam the night before game three. As you do.
Maturity beyond her tender age
Gauff, the youngest competitor to set foot in the main draw at the All England Club at 15 years and 122 days, showed maturity beyond her tender age against a player she grew up idolizing to win in straight sets, 6-4 6-4.
Not that she’d remember much given the 24 year age gap but just think Williams had already won four of her seven Grand Slam single trophies before Gauff had even been born. Truly Crazy. Awesome. Inspiring. All rolled into one.
They say you should never meet your heroes but young ‘Coco’ has volleyed that old adage back down the court rather emphatically.