Coco Gauff is one of the most promising young stars in the tennis world. At just 17 years old, she has already reached the quarterfinals of the French Open and Wimbledon, and has won three WTA titles. She is also the youngest player ranked in the top 50 by the Women’s Tennis Association.
But behind her remarkable achievements, there is a story of sacrifice, dedication and love from her family. In a recent interview with The Guardian, Gauff revealed how her father, Corey, had to quit his job as a healthcare executive to become her full-time coach and travel with her around the world.
“It was definitely a big decision for him because he had a good job and he was doing well,” Gauff said. “But he felt like he wanted to be there for me and support me in my dreams. He always says that he doesn’t want to have any regrets when I’m older.”
Gauff said that her father’s decision was not easy for the family, as they had to adjust to a lower income and a different lifestyle. She said that her mother, Candi, who stayed at home in Florida with her two younger brothers, was also supportive of her father’s choice.
“My mom is amazing. She takes care of everything at home and she makes sure that I’m doing well in school and that I’m happy,” Gauff said. “She also helps me with my mental game and gives me advice on how to deal with pressure and expectations.”
Gauff said that her family is very close and that they communicate every day through phone calls and video chats. She said that they always celebrate her wins and console her after losses, no matter where they are.
“They are my biggest fans and my biggest critics. They always tell me the truth and they always push me to be better,” Gauff said. “They are also very proud of me and they make me feel like I can do anything.”
Gauff said that she is grateful for her family’s support and that she hopes to make them happy by achieving her goals in tennis. She said that one of her dreams is to win a Grand Slam title and to represent the United States at the Olympics.
“I know that it’s not easy for them to be away from each other and to sacrifice so much for me,” Gauff said. “But I also know that they do it because they love me and they believe in me. And I want to show them that it’s worth it.”
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