The Delray Seashore, Florida, resident, who’s been touted as the subsequent Serena Williams
, told an interviewer
for Wimbledon, “I am nonetheless in shock,” including, “Taking part in towards the highest gamers within the subject goes to be a unique really feel.”
When the Wimbledon draw was introduced Friday, Gauff was handed a first-round match towards 39-year-old Venus, a five-time champion on the All England Membership.
Gauff, who was born on March 13, 2004, secured her spot on the fabled tennis championships with a win
within the ultimate qualifying spherical at Roehampton on Thursday.
Gauff would be the 12th youngest general to play on the Wimbledon foremost draw, however the 11 others did not make it by way of qualifying.
Wimbledon says it additionally doles out wild card
slots to gamers whose world rating is not excessive sufficient to mechanically qualify for the match, however who’re noteworthy based mostly on earlier performances or their capacity to “enhance British curiosity.”
The final 15-year-old to compete by way of a wild card slot at Wimbledon was Laura Robson in 2009, a British participant who’d gained Junior Wimbledon the yr earlier than.
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Gauff appeared on Wimbledon’s grass courts within the junior match final yr, making it to the quarterfinals. “I am a bit bit aware of the grounds,” she mentioned.
Final yr Gauff raised her profile by profitable the French Open girl’s championship
. This yr, she turned the youngest lady to win a Grand Slam qualifying match within the French Open.
In 2017, a then-13-year-old Gauff told CNN
, “Total, I wish to be the perfect I may be and be the best,” after turning into the youngest participant to look in a US Open junior ultimate. Her present 301st
WTA singles rating has climbed sharply from 874
eight months in the past.
If Gauff had been to win Wimbledon this yr, she’d be the youngest ever. However one other 15-year-old lady additionally gained the championship greater than a century in the past.
Again in 1887, Charlotte “Lottie” Dod, at 15 years and 285 days previous, set the record
for the youngest lady to ever win a singles title at Wimbledon. However she solely needed to survive two rounds and 4 different girls who entered the match that yr.