Hilton Head Island, SC - - Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) presented its awards this week during the PTR International Tennis Symposium. The event, which includes more than 40 educational presentations for tennis coaches, was held on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
Corey Gauff, of Boynton Beach, Florida, has been named PTR Touring Coach of the Year. Gauff is the father and coach of teen sensation, Coco Gauff. Corey was a competitive junior tennis player in Florida. He was passionate and talented, so much so that he was able to play numerous sports and became an NCAA Division I athlete in basketball.
His daughter Coco has now become the youngest player ranked in the WTA Top 100. At 15, Coco won her first WTA Singles title at the 2019 Linz Open. She rose to prominence with a first round upset of Venus Williams at Wimbledon in 2019. Coco defeated Venus again at the Australian Open, where she also toppled Naomi Osaka in the third round.
Coco had quick success as a junior, earning a sponsorship to train at former PTR Touring Coach of the Year, Patrick Mouratoglou Academy in France. She began playing on the ITF Junior Circuit at 13, and finished runner up in Junior Girls Singles at the 2017 US Open, in just her fourth ITF event, making her the youngest finalist in the tournament's history. She became the #1 junior in the world after winning the Junior Grand Slam Singles title at the 2018 French Open over McNally. Coco partnered with McNally to win the Junior Grand Slam Doubles title at the 2018 US Open.
Coco made her WTA Tour debut in March 2019 at the Miami Open and won her opening match. She received a wild card into the qualifying draw at Wimbledon where she became the youngest player to qualify for the main draw in the tournament's history.
PTR is the largest global organization of tennis teaching professionals with more than 16,000 members in 131 countries. It has the greatest percentage of multicultural and women members of any such organization. PTR is dedicated to educating, certifying and serving tennis teachers and coaches around the world in order to grow the game. Visit www.ptrtennis.org