U.S. Open wants 15-year-old Coco Gauff in main draw despite age restrictions, report says
U.S. Open officials are doing everything they can to get Cori “Coco” Gauff into next month’s tournament.
Officials are planning to give a wildcard to the 15-year-old sensation that caught everyone’s attention when she played at Wimbledon, according to the New York Post, which cited unidentified sources. The only problem is they have to work around the WTA’s age restrictions for 15 year olds.
A player can use a maximum of three wildcards when they are 15, but Gauff has already accepted her three as she attended the Miami Open, the French Open qualifiers and the Wimbledon qualifiers.
“We would expect to see Coco in the main draw of the US Open,” USTA director of communications Chris Widmaier told The Post. “She certainly won the hearts of tennis fans in our country with her Wimbledon performance. It’s not every day an athlete of her age becomes water-cooler talk.”
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