Today's Birthday, March 13: Coco Gauff, American tennis player (2004 - )
American rising tennis star Cori "Coco" Gauff has reached yet another milestone, this year becoming the first 15-year-old female tennis player in 15 years to break into the Top 50 tennis rankings.
Gauff was born in Delray Beach, Florida, in 2004 as the eldest child of teacher Candi Gauff and former health care executive Corey Gauff.
She grew up in Atlanta and first took an interest in tennis at age four after watching Serena Williams win the 2009 Australian Open. Two years later, she picked up a racquet and decided she wanted to become a tennis player.
Gauff and her family moved back to Delray Beach when she was seven to give her more opportunities to train. Both her parents gave up their jobs to help her career, her father becoming her primary coach and her mother homeschooling her.
She won the junior French Open title in 2018, becoming the fifth youngest girls' singles champion at the French Open in history. A month after her junior grand slam win, she became the the No.1 female junior in the world.
Gauff downed countrywoman Caty McNally in her WTA debut at the Miami Open last year before making headlines as the youngest qualifier at Wimbledon since the Open Era began.
But she wasn't done there, beating three players in the main draw, including former world No.1 and idol Venus Williams as she made a run to the fourth round.
At her home grand slam, Gauff again turned heads as a singles wildcard by reaching the third round before falling to two-time major winner Naomi Osaka.
After bowing out in qualifying at the Linz Open in Austria, Gauff entered the main draw as a lucky loser where she beat Kiki Bertens - her first win over a Top 10 player - on her way to a maiden title.
The fun-loving teen took out Venus Williams again in the first round of the Australian Open this year, then upset defending champion Osaka before losing to eventual winner Sofia Kenin in the last 16.
Gauff has credited her love of tennis to the Williams sisters.