Source: Tennis World
On the latest ITF Junior ranking list, there are 26 girls born in 2004 or later, all making their first steps on the U18 level against older and more developed rivals. Four of those are ranked in the top-200 and there is one special player who has already completed a full circle at the age of 14 and achieved what her coevals will seek only in two or three years! Cori Gauff has been anything but a regular tennis player born in 2004, proving her quality against the older juniors and also on the professional circuit to earn my honor of the best junior in the world in 2018, despite being ranked 2nd! The Russian Diana Shnaider is the second-best player of 2004 generation but it is hard to even put her in the same sentence with the super talented American who has achieved just about everything she could after playing 12 ITF junior events overall! This amazing young athlete has chosen tennis over other sports when she was eight and she moved with her family from Atlanta to Florida in order to build her game in the best possible way.
Cori, nicknamed Coco, had been chosen by Patrick Mouratoglou to be part of his Champ’seed foundation and she had a chance to work at his amazing academy (she also had a chance to meet her idol Serena Willimas there) and get the additional support during the tournaments, which meant a lot to her and her family...
By Jovica Ilic
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