Coco Gauff has inspired not only tennis fans, but also the world with her perseverance, maturity and early success.
With her rapid ascent, in both the WTA rankings and global fame, it's no surprise that Time Magazine included Gauff on their 100 Next list. The new list is similar to the Time 100 franchise, but spotlights 100 rising stars who are shaping the future on a global stage.
Billie Jean King wrote the 15-year-old's Time profile.
.@BillieJeanKing on @CocoGauff: “She loves the big stage, is very well prepared on and off the court, and — most importantly — she knows there are so many more opportunities ahead for her life and her career” #TIME100Next https://t.co/FYvs1HZyht pic.twitter.com/iLq1u34sGz— TIME (@TIME) November 13, 2019
Gauff is joined on the list by fellow phenoms, leaders, innovators, artists and advocates including Billie Eilish, Noah Centineo and Emily Weiss. Serena Williams' husband Alexis Ohanian wrote the entry for Weiss, the CEO and founder of Glossier.
Ranked No. 453 in March, Gauff now sits at No. 68. The teen left her first impression at Wimbledon. After dominating her way through qualifying, the American defeated one of her heroes, Venus Williams, and captivated audiences as she made her way through to the round of 16.
Gauff continued to build momentum as the season progressed, winning her first of two WTA doubles titles with Caty McNally in Washington D.C. and later taking on Naomi Osaka in the US Open third round. In October, Gauff capitalized on a lucky loser slot to lift her first WTA singles trophy in Linz, and then won the doubles title in Luxembourg to cap off her year.