- Cori “Coco” Gauff recently spoke to Teen Vogue about the costs that come with increased fame.
- After taking the 2019 Wimbledon Championships by storm, Gauff’s fame skyrocketed.
- She said she and her family even had to stop for police help after their car was being followed by a stranger.
- Gauff said she was not too worried, though, as her dad is “crazy.”
- Gauff’s fame looks set to increase further as she will compete in the 2019 US Open at Flushing Meadows.
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Cori “Coco” Gauff told Teen Vogue this week that there is a cost that comes with fame, and her family has even had to get the police involved.
Gauff is the 15-year-old American who has set the tennis world ablaze with a series of performances that belied her teenage years.
She survived a gruelling first week at the 2019 Wimbledon Championships in which she slayed Venus Williams in the opening round, beat Magdalena Rybarikova in the second, then outwitted Polona Hercog in the third. She came unstuck in the fourth round in week two, losing to eventual women’s singles champion Simona Halep.
Though she left the All England Club beaten, she returned to the US having won over many new fans, a popularity felt all over the planet, and projections that she’d be a millionaire before the end of the year.
That new-found fame was felt back in the States, as she told Teen Vogue her family car was followed by a stranger and they had to stop to tell the police.
She added she was never worried, though, as her dad is crazy. “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.”
She joked: “My dad’s crazy, so I think we’ll be ok.”
Since Wimbledon, Gauff was a star attraction at the Washington Open, a WTA 250 event, where she lost in the first round to Zarina Diyas but won the doubles title with her 17-year-old partner Caty McNally.
“Tennis in the US isn’t, like, that big of a sport, and now I have people, like, stopping me on the street and everything,” she said. “I guess it’s a plus.”
Gauff will compete in the 2019 US Open, the last Grand Slam event of the year, and is once again expected to attract big crowds at Flushing Meadows. Her fame, it seems, isn’t at its peak just yet.