Yesterday, father Corey admitted that despite the 15-year-old’s incredible success, he is refusing to book their stay in Wimbledon beyond the end of the next match.
“We’re staying in a hotel and we keep on having to extend our stay, but that’s great,” he told the WTA’s official website ahead of Gauff’s fourth-round match against Romania’s Simona Halep on No. 1 Court this afternoon
“First we were just booked for a week, and then we extended that for another week, and then we’re having to extend that. Coco wanted to get to the second week and now she really wants to win the tournament.”
No apology is ever made for Gauff’s ambitions and she has already outlined her aim to become a multiple grand slam champion.
Instead, she seems to just take everything – including, following Saturday’s thrilling win over Polona Hercog, a message from First Lady Michelle Obama – in her stride.
“A lot has happened fast,” Corey added. “She has played a lot of matches, and got a lot of attention. It’s been great for her.
“She’s pretty grounded. We don’t talk much about the tennis once the match is over or once we have prepped for the next match. “It’s just another tennis match. I know it is Wimbledon, but to me she’s still learning how to be a better tennis player.
“I just say to her that she’s getting a lot of great experience that’s going to help her in the future.”
That immediate future is a No. 1 Court match-up with the Romanian former French Open champion ranked seventh in the world after fighting off two match-points on Saturday.
“Looking at her being positive under duress, and fighting, that made me proud,” her father said. “Simona is a great competitor – she competes really hard. Hopefully my daughter is going to step up and be ready for that challenge.
“Look, all the moments are special. It’s her first Grand Slam in the main draw and she played a legend, Venus Williams, on No.1 Court.
“That stood out a little bit, looking at the crowd, and how beautiful that was. Then getting the chance to do that over and over. All of it has been pretty special, something she can always remember. This is a pretty special place.”