Wimbledon darling Cori “Coco” Gauff can win over America on her home soil next.
The 15-year-old Atlanta native will receive a wild card invitation to play in this year’s U.S. Open in New York.
Under the Women’s Tennis Association age-eligibility rules, Gauff is limited in the number of tournaments she’s able to enter. She had already played in the Miami Open, the French Open qualifiers and the Wimbledon qualifiers.
Rules say she wouldn't take the court until her next birthday, but Grand Slam events do not have to follow this rule.
“We would expect to see Coco in the main draw of the U.S. Open,” USTA director of communications Chris Widmaier told The New York Post.
The U.S. Open’s qualifier rounds begin Aug. 19.
Gauff — who is the daughter of Corey Gauff, a former guard on Georgia State’s basketball team from 1990-93 — became the youngest player to qualify at Wimbledon in the professional era.
She lives in Delray Beach, Fla.
She made her main-draw debut at any major tournament with a victory over five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams, 39. And then she became the youngest player to reach the second week of a tennis major since Tracy Austin, Jennifer Capriati and Martina Hingis — all of who are in the Hall of Fame.
Her Wimbledon run propelled her 172 spots to 141st on the WTA rankings.
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