Denis Naegelen dreamed of it for the 2020 version. The director of the “IS” has been granted for 2021: the participant prodigy Cori Gauff, 35e world participant, will play for the first time the WTA Open in Strasbourg, from May 22 to 29 on the courts of Wacken.
At 17, “Coco” Gauff – she prefers this nickname to her first identify – has every little thing of an excellent and a transparent future, which ought to make her the inheritor to the Williams sisters, her fashions, in the close to future. Her precocity is just not not like that of gamers like Martina Hingis or Jennifer Capriati: like her, Coco Gauff gained the Roland-Garros juniors at a really younger age, at the age of 14, one yr after being a US finalist. Open juniors.
First WTA title at age 15
She was nonetheless solely 15 years and eight days outdated when she gained her first match on the WTA Tour in March 2019 at the Masters 1000 in Miami. It was just a few months earlier than qualifying for the last draw at Wimbledon the place she dominated… Venus Williams at 1er tower. “She has no limits,” the eldest of the Williams sisters had mentioned of her at the time. Moreover, it didn’t take lengthy for her to win her first WTA title, in Linz (Aut) in October 2019.
Involved in the struggle towards police violence in the USA
Coached by Jean-Christophe Faurel at the Mouratoglou academy in the South of France, Coco Gauff can be a charismatic character exterior the tennis courts. Funny and glowing when she says she needs to “speak French” earlier than she turns 18, she didn’t hesitate to get personally concerned in the struggle towards police violence in the United States after the loss of life of George Floyd. Speaking publicly in her city of Delray Beach (Florida): “It’s sad that I’m here demonstrating against the same thing my grandmother had over fifty years ago,” she mentioned. at the time. “I promise to always use my platform to share vital information, raise awareness and fight racism. “
The complete IS set known on Wednesday
Cori Gauff is the third player announced by the organizers of the IS 2021, after the French n ° 1 Caroline Garcia, winner in 2016 and IS finalist in 2019, and Elena Rybakina, finalist of the last edition and 22e global. The complete table (or almost, since the organizers of the IS will still be able to award “wild cards”) of the WTA Strasbourg match will likely be unveiled this Wednesday.
We may even know extra about the chance of welcoming the public to the Wacken web site. According to the newest bulletins from President Emmanuel Macron, sports activities venues may obtain as much as 1,000 spectators per day from May 19, with applicable well being protocols. In this case, to find the Coco Gauff nugget, it will be a query of a fortunate thousand.