At only 15 years old, tennis star Cori “Coco” Gauff is a force to be reckoned with. Almost overnight, Gauff and her undeniable talent have been pushed into the spotlight—being met with both an incredibly sturdy wave of support and adoration for the teen.
Already drawing attention as the youngest player in recent history to qualify for Wimbeldon and reach the fourth round, the focus on Gauff only intensified when she went on to defeat her idol, tennis icon Venus Williams.
After the phrase Cocomania was coined at Wimbledon, Gauff has gained quite the following. During her sit down interview with Teen Vogue, Coco expressed that parts of her newfound popularity have required a few adjustments and awkward moments like her old celebrity crushes coming to light, “That was a little bit weird. I didn’t think that it would stand out in the interview.”
And some of them being more on the dangerous side:
“We’ve just kind of been making sure we change our schedule every day so no one, like, I don’t know, figures out what we do. My dad’s crazy, so I think we’ll be OK,” Coco jokes, after revealing a stranger followed her family after she was recognized while out and about.
Aside from the quirks and uncomfortable mishaps of fame, Coco Gauff is quickly being touted as the next young black girl to make major waves in Tennis. Sports media and fans alike both agree that this may be a pass the torch moment for both Venus and Serena Williams.
Like the bulk of us, Coco’s parents, Candi and Corey Gauff, believe she’s supremely talented as well, but they want to make one thing clear:
“When it comes to something like tennis, [Coco] works hard. This is not an accident. She might be overnight popular, but she’s not an overnight success.”
Check out some pictures from the Teen Vogue special issue below, and read the full interview here.