MELBOURNE (Reuters) – A bit magic would possibly lend a hand Coco Gauff move some distance in subsequent week’s Australian Open major draw, with the American youngster coming into her first Grand Slam match only on her personal deserves.
FILE PHOTO: Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Garden Tennis and Croquet Membership, London, Britain – July 8, 2019 Cori Gauff of the U.S. in motion right through her fourth spherical fit in opposition to Romania’s Simona Halep REUTERS/Tony O’Brien/Document photograph
Gauff arrived in Melbourne on Monday after enjoying in Auckland with a global score of 66 and eligible for the primary draw at Melbourne Park.
Her most effective different look at Melbourne used to be within the junior match in 2018.
“I’m truly excited,” mentioned Gauff, who used to be fascinated about a promotional match on Tuesday with actors from the Melbourne-production of ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Kid, which is in line with J.Ok. Rowling’s fable books a few boy wizard.
“That is my first slam entering the primary draw with out getting a wildcard or qualifying.
“I haven’t been again in Melbourne since I used to be 13 once I performed juniors so I’m truly excited to play at the large level.”
The 15-year-old put her first foot at the large level ultimate 12 months when she shocked the tennis international by way of advancing out of qualifying to overcome seven-times Grand Slam winner Venus Williams within the first spherical at Wimbledon.
Eventual champion Simona Halep, alternatively, ended Gauff’s dream run within the fourth spherical.
In line with that efficiency, Gauff gained a wildcard into the U.S. Open, the place she complex to the 3rd spherical after which gained her first WTA Excursion identify in Austria, beating 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko within the ultimate.
The American is the youngest participant with direct access into the primary draw at Melbourne Park.
Organisers was hoping to faucet into the enchantment of youngsters like Gauff and compatriot Amanda Anisimova, by way of naming the second one Monday of the match on Jan. 27 as ‘Harry Potter day’ to take a look at and draw in households and more youthful enthusiasts.
“This can be a first for the Australian Open,” AO’s Richard Heaselgrave mentioned in pronouncing the promotion, which is able to inspire households and youngsters to decorate as Harry Potter characters at the day.
The Australian Open runs from Jan. 20 to Feb. 2.
Reporting by way of Greg Stutchbury in Wellington; Modifying by way of Muralikumar Anantharaman