The 17-year-old tennis wunderkind secured her spot on Team USA for the Olympics thanks to her deep run in this year’s French Open. Gauff outlasted fellow American Sloane Stephens in the tournament, thereby clinching a bid to this summer’s games.
At the 2020 US Open, the Delray Beach, Florida, native said it was « definitely a goal of mine to qualify » for the Olympics. And now, despite the uncertainty presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, Gauff insists that she’ll be there to compete.
« I’m definitely planning on playing the Olympics, » Gauff said following her Roland Garros quarterfinal loss to Czech star Barbora Krejcikova. « I’m excited to play. »
Gauff will be the youngest player representing the United States on the women’s side. She’ll join 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, fifth-ranked singles star Sofia Kenin, and 2021 Australian Open finalist Jennifer Brady on a stacked Team USA squad with its eye on gold.
Olympic tennis play kicks off at Ariake Tennis Park on Saturday, July 24. For the week that follows, Gauff and company will compete on the world’s largest stage. Should she, Williams, Kenin, or Brady defeat everyone in their path, they’ll play for the gold medal on Saturday, July 31.
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