Coco Gauff

When you hear “the future in tennis is in good hands,” just know Coco Gauff is one of the reasons. Last year was a coming-of-age arc for the then-19-year-old Coco Gauff. After gaining traction in 2022 with a U.S. Open appearance in the quarterfinals, Gauff found herself in the upper echelon of tennis talent. But this was not without a few bumps on the way — losing in the round of 16 in the Australian Open and the round of 32 at Wimbledon. This setback wouldn’t faze her and she finished what she started by collecting her first U.S. Open Championship in 2023.
- Baigen Seawell
FanSided Contributor

How they're making a difference in equity and inclusion

Gauff’s presence is carrying on the legacy of names like Althea Gibson and Serena Williams, championing diversity, inclusion and representation in an affluent and historically white sport like tennis. With her endless endorsements, shoe deals, and a championship campaign to add, Coco is a next generation role model, inspiring young, Black tennis players and building a bridge to the pioneers who came before her.

By the numbers

Gauff has spent 2023 kicking a** and taking names. It was a coming-of-age season, finishing the year with a ranking of No. 3 after her U.S. Open victory. Last year’s tour saw her finishing with a record of 51-16, a .761 win percentage. In addition to her successful season in 2023 in action, off the court she racked up financial success. Gauff completed 2023 with nearly $23 million in endorsements, making her the highest-paid female athlete of the year, per Sportico. Gauff has already tallied a 10-1 match record in 2024 and more big things are coming for the young phenom.