15-year-old from Atlanta is the youngest player to win a French Open qualifier

Cori Gauff, who just turned 15 on March 13, became the youngest female player to win a Grand Slam match in the qualifying rounds of the French Open.

Gauff is the daughter of Corey Gauff, a former guard on Georgia State’s basketball team from 1990-93.

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Cori Gauff entered the Roland Garros qualifer after winning the French Open Juniors title a year ago. She also won the doubles championship at the 2018 U.S. Open Juniors event.

Credit: Cameron Spencer

Credit: Cameron Spencer

“Coco” Gauff is ranked the 344th player in the world.

Gauff, who was born in Atlanta but now calls Delray Beach, Fla., home, advanced to play 18-year-old Juvan Kaja of Russia Thursday after defeating 26-year-old Ankita Raina, of India, 6-4, 6-4 Tuesday in Paris.


Gauff’s run ended with 6-3, 6-3 loss to Kaja. She was among 96 women vying for 12 spots in the women’s singles main draw, which begins next week.

Martina Hingis, who at 12 won the French Open Juniors title, is the youngest qualifier to win a Gran Slam match when she advanced to the second round of the 1995 Australian Open at the age of 15.