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What is Coco Gauff’s real name? US Open finalist known by nickname after confusion with father

Coco Gauff is fast becoming one of the biggest names in tennis. 

The 19-year-old is now the youngest American woman to reach the US Open final since icon Serena Williams in 1999. 


Gauff is one win away from her first Grand Slam trophyCredit: Getty

Gauff will take on World No.2 Aryna Sabalenka in the showpiece match as she aims to win her first Grand Slam title. 

‘Coco’ may be one of the most famous names in the sport at the moment, but fans may be surprised to learn that it is in fact not her real name.

What is Coco Gauff’s real name?

Gauff’s name is actually Cori. 

The teenager has always been known as Coco throughout her tennis career but that is only her nickname.

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She was born Cori, being named after her father who is also called Corey. 

Speaking in an interview with Sports Illustrated, Gauff explained the reason why she is known as Coco.

She said: “So my dad’s name is also Corey and my parents always wanted their first child to be named Corey or Cori. 

“Actually, no, I take that back! My mom wanted her first child to be named that but my dad said if I were a boy, he wouldn’t have named me Corey because he didn’t want a junior. 

Gauff shares the same name as her father


Gauff shares the same name as her fatherCredit: Getty

“My nickname came about because we both can’t be named Corey/Cori, that’d be confusing. 

“I believe it was my aunt who said, ‘Oh, we should just call her Coco.’ When my dad was growing up, people used to call him Co and I guess they just said, ‘Oh, Coco’s a cool nickname.’

“Ever since then, I’ve been going by Coco. For sure more people used Coco than Cori.”

Gauff’s name is now known worldwide as the teenage sensation continues to make waves in the tennis world.

And she has the chance to taste Grand Slam success for the first time this weekend at her home tournament.




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