Coco Gauff confirms post-Wimbledon tournament, receives US Open boost

Gauff was the star of Wimbledon as she reached the fourth round following memorable wins over Venus Williams, Magdalena Rybarikova and Polona Hercog.

Current WTA rules limit the number of tournaments young players can play to 10 events.

But her performances have led to calls from the likes of Roger Federer to relax those regulations.

And her first post-Wimbledon event will be back in the US when she competes in the qualifying draw for the Citi Open.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be in front of American fans in our nation’s capital at the Citi Open,” Gauff said.

“The last few weeks have been amazing and I’m excited about coming to Washington, D.C. to connect with all the fans, especially the young kids, who have been giving me so much support this summer.

“Hopefully I will also have the opportunity to keep this momentum going on the court starting at the Citi Open straight through the US Open.”

MDE Tennis chairman Mark Ein added: “Coco’s fairytale run at Wimbledon captured the hearts of fans worldwide.

“Washington D.C. cannot wait to host her first post-Wimbledon tennis appearance back in the United States at the Citi Open.”

In further reward for her efforts at SW19, US Open officials have revealed they intend to give Gauff a wildcard into the final major of the year.

WTA age-eligibility rules state a player can accept a maximum of three wildcards when aged 15 and she has already used them for the Miami Open, French Open qualifiers and Wimbledon qualifiers.

But according to USTA director of communications Chris Widmaier, Gauff will go straight into the main draw.

“We would expect to see Coco in the main draw of the US Open,” he told the New York Post.

“She certainly won the hearts of tennis fans in our country with her Wimbledon performance. It’s not every day an athlete of her age becomes water-cooler talk.

“That’s my understanding [the Open will be exempt].”

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