Tuesday, Sep 22, 2020 | Last Update : 07:16 AM IST

182nd Day Of Lockdown

Maharashtra122438091634833015 Andhra Pradesh6317495518215410 Tamil Nadu5473374919718871 Karnataka5268764233778145 Uttar Pradesh3588932895945135 Delhi2492592133045014 West Bengal2283021989834421 Odisha184122149379763 Telangana1726081419301042 Bihar169856155824870 Assam159320129130578 Kerala13863398720554 Gujarat1247671051913337 Rajasthan116881972841352 Haryana113075908841177 Madhya Pradesh108167836182007 Punjab99930754092860 Chhatisgarh8618347653680 Jharkhand7267358543626 Jammu and Kashmir65026421151024 Uttarakhand4177729000501 Goa2875322726360 Puducherry2319118065467 Tripura2227215441245 Himachal Pradesh124387836125 Chandigarh102987411123 Manipur9010683859 Arunachal Pradesh7385540813 Nagaland5544445110 Meghalaya4733252838 Sikkim2447190529 Mizoram158510120
  Sports   Tennis  14 Jan 2020  Coco Gauff aiming for magical time at Australian Open

Coco Gauff aiming for magical time at Australian Open

REUTERS
Published : Jan 14, 2020, 3:08 pm IST
Updated : Jan 14, 2020, 3:08 pm IST

Gauff arrived in Melbourne on Monday after playing in Auckland with a world ranking of 66 and eligible for the main draw.

A little magic may help Coco Gauff go a long way in next week’s Australian Open main draw, with the American teenager entering her first Grand Slam tournament solely on her own merits. (Photo:AFP)
 A little magic may help Coco Gauff go a long way in next week’s Australian Open main draw, with the American teenager entering her first Grand Slam tournament solely on her own merits. (Photo:AFP)

MELBOURNE: A little magic may help Coco Gauff go a long way in next week’s Australian Open main draw, with the American teenager entering her first Grand Slam tournament solely on her own merits.

Gauff arrived in Melbourne on Monday after playing in Auckland with a world ranking of 66 and eligible for the main draw at Melbourne Park.

 

Her only other appearance at Melbourne was in the junior tournament in 2018.

“I’m really excited,” said Gauff, who was involved in a promotional event on Tuesday with actors from the Melbourne-production of ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which is based on J.K. Rowling’s fantasy books about a boy wizard.

“This is my first slam getting into the main draw without getting a wildcard or qualifying.

“I haven’t been back in Melbourne since I was 13 when I played juniors so I’m really excited to play on the big stage.”

The 15-year-old put her first foot on the big stage last year when she stunned the tennis world by advancing out of qualifying to beat seven-times Grand Slam winner Venus Williams in the first round at Wimbledon.

 

Eventual champion Simona Halep, however, ended Gauff’s dream run in the fourth round.

Based on that performance, Gauff received a wildcard into the U.S. Open, where she advanced to the third round and then won her first WTA Tour title in Austria, beating 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the final.

The American is the youngest player with direct entry into the main draw at Melbourne Park.

Organisers hoped to tap into the appeal of teenagers like Gauff and compatriot Amanda Anisimova, by naming the second Monday of the tournament on Jan. 27 as ‘Harry Potter day’ to try and attract families and younger fans.

“This is a first for the Australian Open,” AO’s Richard Heaselgrave said in announcing the promotion, which will encourage families and children to dress as Harry Potter characters on the day.

 

The Australian Open runs from Jan. 20 to Feb. 2.

Tags: coco gauff
Location: Australia, Victoria, Melbourne