While rising star Coco Gauff has shown her best performance at the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and US Open, She is now playing at the French Open main draw for the first time in her career.
Additionally, The 16-years-old has qualified for the second round at the Paris major event after besting 2019 semifinalist Johanna Konta without losing a single set(6-3, 6-3) on Sunday.
American also registered her fourth top 20 victory after overcoming world no.13 Briton in an hour and 41 minutes between freezing weather.
After the match, Gauff also expressed her happiness at the press conference. She said, “I don’t really take anything for granted because I’m just happy to be playing.”
Even though Coco Gauff won her first junior Grand Slam title at the 2018 French Open, She was defeated by Kaja Juvan in the qualifiers before reaching the main draw of the senior’s event in 2019.
She continued, “I don’t think maybe winning matches at slams is something I’m used to, especially this is my first main draw at Roland Garros. When I’m on the court, I can act like I’m used to it. When I’m off the court, I’m just happy to be here.”
“You’re living Your Dream”: Gauff ’s Father Corey
Though Coco was timid and needed to be motivated before the match, her father, Corey, calmed his daughter down with beautiful words.
Gauff responded a question over her mindset while entering the main draw of the French Open. She explained, “Honestly, my dad told me something in the warmup. He was just telling me, ‘You’re living your dream, so just enjoy and have fun.’ His goal was to become an NBA player, and he didn’t make it. He told me, ‘You’re living your dream; not everybody gets to do that. Just have fun on the court.”
“That really changed my perspective. I was really nervous going into the match. That just calmed me down. I realized it’s just a tennis match. I’m doing some things that people wish they could do. Just go out there and enjoy it.”, the world number 51 concluded.