Delray Beach (CBS12) — Delray Beach native, Cori "Coco" Gauff, thought her dad was kidding when he told her she had earned a main-draw wildcard spot at the Miami Open.
"He told me and I was like no stop playing," said Gauff, who won the Junior French Open last year at just 14-years-old.
"The Miami open is definitely not something I would ever get. I was just in shock because this is like one of the biggest tournaments on tour besides the grand slams."
The now 15-year-old awaits to see who she'll play next week. Her father, Corey Gauff, who doubles as her coach, wasn't completely onboard with his daughter playing in Miami.
"Most coaches would be like yeah it's a great opportunity but as a Dad I'm like is she mentally, physically ready. Physically, obviously, but it's a lot coming at her fast," said Gauff.
In 2018, Coco became a finalist in the girls singles event at the US Open Junior Championships - the youngest player ever to do so.
"She's actually earned her wild card in Miami. Some people probably think differently but she's earned it and I'm glad to see she's rewarded for it," said Robbye Poole, Coco's coach.
Poole worked for Serena Williams for three years - helping her train for competitions. One of Coco's favorite tennis players is Williams and cannot believe she's about to be on the same court as her idol.
"I've probably envisioned this moment a lot in my dream and I've met her before but now I'm in the same tournament - it's going to be really really different."