Prodigy Cori Gauff, 15, ready to make her Wimbledon mark

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The hotly tipped American faces Venus Williams after qualifying without losing a set

On Monday at Wimbledon, a teenage hopeful will take centre stage against one of the greats of the game, dreaming of one day emulating their achievements. It is something that countless players have done in the past, only for most of them to fall by the wayside. But American Cori Gauff is no ordinary 15-year-old.

Nicknamed “Coco”, Gauff is the youngest player ever to qualify for the main draw at Wimbledon, having come through three matches in qualifying without losing a set. She won the junior French Open title in 2018 at the age of 14, her agent is part of Roger Federer’s management group and, according to Forbes, she is predicted to earn more than $1m (£790,000) off the court in 2019 thanks to a burgeoning group of sponsors.

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