Two Palm Beach County juniors earn a chance to compete at Roland-Garros
Boca Raton (CBS12) —
It was the closest thing you could get to a French Open final today at Boca West Country Club in Boca Raton. The inaugural Render Vous a Roland-Garros USA presented by Longines ended with two Palm Beach County junior tennis players heading to the actual Roland Garros.
Perhaps the most impressive sight was 13 year old Coco Gauff of Delray Beach, who beat a very talented 18 year old Victoria Flores of Iowa 6-2, 6-1. With the victory Coco earns a trip to Paris to compete for a chance to play in the Junior French Open.
Michael Heller from Boca Raton pulled off the same feat on the boys side, beating Matthew Tsolakyan from California 6-4, 6-3.
The Palm Beach County sweep of the event was especially pleasing to the Boca Raton crowd, who helped push the local players to victory.
"I love playing in front of (a big) crowd," says Gauff. "Some people get nervous, but that is really an advantage for me, so it would be realy cool to play at the French Open."
"It feels unreal, I still can't believe I won it," says Heller. "I'm so ready to go to Paris. (It will help me) see how the top guys are playing and see if I can hang at their level."