Last Updated on January 18, 2023
People in tennis world describe her as a “track star that has a tennis racket in her hands. An octopus that never gives up.”, also known by her nickname Coco, the rising star of women tennis is 18-years-old American, Cori Gauff.
Cori Gauff was born on 13th March 2004 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. She was growing up in a sports family. Her father Corey Gauff played college basketball at Georgia State University and later worked as a health insurance executive, and her mother Candi was a track and field athlete at Florida State University and later worked as an educator. They encouraged her to try many sports including basketball and track. She started with gymnastics and became interested in tennis while watching Serena Williams on TV at 2009 Australia Open. Coco began playing tennis at age of six and after winning “Little Mo” tournament at age of eight, she decided that want to be a tennis player. At age of 10 she went to Patrick Mouratoglou’s Academy in France where after first training she received sponsorship to stay and train in the Academy. Her tennis idol is Serena Williams whose longtime coach was Mouratoglou.
Who is Curren Coco Gauff’s coach?
Coco’s primary coach is her father Corey Gauff.
Corey grew up in Delray Beach, Florida. As a kid was well educated with high grades and managed to go to college. He was visiting Georgia State University were played basketball for the college team. Later he worked as a healthcare insurance executive but gave up on his career, to focus on his daughter’s training and development. During his coaching career, he only coached his girl. He has been named the 2019 Team USA Developmental Coach of the Year as part of USTA Player Development’s annual Team USA Coaching Awards.
Under his mentorship, Coco began playing on the ITF Junior Circuit at the age of thirteen and as early as the next year she won 2018 Junior French Open after what became No.1 junior in the world. Later that year, in doubles she won Junior US Open and finished the year as World No.2 junior.
“She wants to be a pro. For the next few years we’re just going to manage the process and the development process for her to mentally grow, and keep her in love with the sport because she loves playing. If we keep her in love with the sport and she grows mentally I think she’ll have unlimited opportunities.” said Corey about his daughter turning pro.
Since March 2019 part of Coco’s team is former French tennis player, Jean-Christophe Faurel.
Jean-Christophe Faurel (41) was born on 6th March 1981 in Rueil-Malmaison, France. His highest ranking as tennis player was No.140 and he only won lower level tournaments such as 2005 Timisoara Challenger. After finishing pro career he focused on coaching.
In late 2017, he began working with Adrien Mannarino and helped him improve his temper on and off the court. The improved mindset and better understanding of the game propelled the Frenchman to a career high ranking of No. 22 in early 2018. Faurel guided him to his first ATP Tour singles title at Rosmalen Championships, after losing all his previous six finals.
Four months before her breakthrough at the 2019 Wimbledon where she defeated Venus Williams, Faurel started coaching Gauff. That year was very successful for Coco. She won her first WTA title in doubles at Washington Open alongside her partner Caty McNally. Although she failed to qualify for Linz Open, she entered the main draw as lucky loser and at the end she won the tournament, her first WTA title in singles. She finished the year with another doubles title with her partner McNally at Luxembourg Open.
During 2020 her best result was 4th round at Australian Open, but next year starting ranked No.48, she won her second singles and third doubles titles at Emilia-Romagna Open and became the youngest player to win both the singles and doubles titles at an event since Maria Sharapova in 2004. She finished the year in top 20 players in the World.
“One of the obvious things right away that we’ve really tried to focus on this year is getting her footwork and her balance together because she’s often off-balance. It’s improved tremendously this year because she understands the importance of it.” said Corey about training sessions with Coco.
Coco started 2022 in full speed. In February at Qatar Open won her first WTA 1000 doubles title and climbed to a career high No.10 in the doubles rankings.
Starting from May 2022, bringing in a wealth of experience and a fresh pair of eyes, Argentine Diego Moyano has joined the coaching staff.
Diego Moyano was born on 17th March 1975 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is former pro tennis player with best ATP ranking of No.130. During his playing career he won four Challenger singles titles and one in doubles. After retirement he worked as a USTA coach, and during almost ten years he coached players like Denis Kudla, Reilly Opelka, Tommy Paul, Andrea Collarini and Kevin Anderson until his retirement in 2022. Currently besides training Coco Gauff, he is Head Tennis Director at Mission Bay Club.
With the new coach in the team, in August at Canadian Open, Coco won her second WTA 1000 title, together with her partner Jessica Pegula. As a result Gauff became the No. 1 doubles player in the World.
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Coco Gauff’s Past Coaches
When Coco was age of eight, alongside with her father, she was training with tennis coach Gerard Loglo. He is from Togo, Africa and didn’t have any success as a tennis player. He is owner of Gerard Loglo Tennis academy in Delray Beach, Florida, where Coco and her family moved so she can have better conditions for training and development of her potential. At his Academy he is training kids from very young age to juniors.
Coco Gauff’s achievements with different coaches
We have collected in the table the data about the trophies won by Coco Gauff under the guidance of various coaches.
|Coaches||Years of Completion||Titles|
|Corey Gauff||2010 – ongoing||2019 Washington Open (doubles) 2019 Linz Open 2019 Luxembourg Open (doubles) 2021 Emilia-Romagna Open 2021 Emilia-Romagna Open (doubles) 2022 Qatar Open (doubles) 2022 Canadian Open (doubles), 2023 ASB Classic|
|Jean-Christophe Faurel||2019 – ongoing||2019 Washington Open (doubles) 2019 Linz Open 2019 Luxembourg Open (doubles) 2021 Emilia-Romagna Open 2021 Emilia-Romagna Open (doubles) 2022 Qatar Open (doubles) 2022 Canadian Open (doubles), 2023 ASB Classic|
|Diego Moyano||2022 – ongoing||2022 Canadian Open (doubles), 2023 ASB Classic|