Coco Gauff advanced to the quarterfinals of the French Open with his victory over Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur, a big step forward for a young player looking to win his first Grand Slam. Even better? With the victory, Gauff officially stamped his preliminary ticket to the Olympics in Tokyo this summer. Gauff’s Twitter response: “2020 target.”
Gauff, 17, jumped on the tennis scene in 2019 with a Wimbledon victory over Venus Williams and has been in the spotlight ever since, saying at the US Open 2020 that doing the Olympics was “definitely one of my goals.” She becomes the youngest Olympic tennis player since 2000, and she joins a four-player team with familiar faces.
Who’s on the US women’s tennis team for the Olympics in Tokyo?
Pending the final list from the International Tennis Federation (ITF), the American women’s tennis team is:
- Sofia Kenin
- Serena Williams
- Jennifer Brady
- Coco Gauff
The World Tennis Association (WTA) ranking from June 14 (after the French Open) will be used by the ITF to determine the Olympic teams. The lists will be officially announced before the end of June, but these players have mathematically qualified.
As it stands now, the American tennis team looks promising. Sofia Kenin is the current top-ranked American coming in as No. 5 in the world; she won the Australian Open in 2020 at the age of 21 (the youngest since Maria Sharapova in 2008). Then there is Serena Williams, No. 8 in the world, who hardly needs an introduction. THE GOAT for women’s tennis is a Grand Slam shy of tying the woman’s record and has already won four Olympic gold medals between doubles and singles. The third American qualifier is Jennifer Brady, who is ranked 14th in the world and recently met Naomi Osaka in the final of the Australian Open 2021. No. 24 Gauff rounds off the team.
This strong group of Americans will look to reclaim Olympic gold for the first time since London 2012, when Serena Williams stood on top of the podium. The tournament will be intense, but we would not bet against any of these tough competitors.