Coco returns to Delray after conquering Paris
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) —
While the top seeds were winning the French Open this weekend, the big upset came in the junior ranks.
A 14-year-old from Delray Beach won the French Open Junior title. Matt Lincoln spoke with Coco Gauff back home in the states Monday, the day after she put herself in some impressive company.
"This is one of the biggest stages in tennis," says Gauff.
So you couldn't blame the 14-year-old for being a little nervous - she admitted as much, losing the first set of the French Open junior girls final 6-1.
But then the Parisian crowd, began to back the young lady from Delray Beach.
"This is the first time the crowd has ever gotten behind me, they were chanting my name."
Coco beat fellow American Caty McNally in the next two sets, winning her first junior grand slam. She's the youngest girl to win the event in 25 years, and fifth youngest ever.
"I'd say I'm surprised because my game suits better for hard court and grass court. So winning on clay definitely helped my confidence."
Her friend Sloane Stephens, the runner-up on the women's side, told her she was happy for her. And at just 14, now she's all ready setting her eyes on pro events.
"I never thought I'd be playing at Roland Garros and winning here. A year ago, I wasn't expecting any of this to happen."
Imagine where Coco Gauff will be in another year.