(VIDEO) 'The kids love Coco' as Gauff gives back while at DC Open in Washington

Saturday, 29 July 2023 at 23:30
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Coco Gauff was a prominent figure in the activities with children ahead of the Mubadala Citi DC Open.
The 19-year-old tennis star is one of the biggest attractions for this edition of the WTA 500 Washington, which will take place from July 31. Gauff is considered one of the top local hopes as the US Open Series begins.
The Citi Open has been upgraded from a WTA 250 to a WTA 500 event starting this year, offering more ranking points, improved prize money, and attracting a greater number of stars.
Gauff will be the third seed in a draw that includes 9 female tennis players from the top-20, featuring players like Jessica Pegula, Caroline Garcia, Maria Sakkari, Belinda Bencic, and Victoria Azarenka, among several others who are preparing for the upcoming WTA 1000 tournaments in Canada and Cincinnati, as well as the final Grand Slam of the year.
During the pre-tournament activities, Coco Gauff enthusiastically participated and became one of the main attractions for the children of the city. The young tennis fans had the opportunity to take photos with and hug the World No. 7, and Gauff warmly interacted with the kids, creating a special moment for them.
Gauff will have a bye in the first round due to her third seed status and will await the winner of former world No. 1 Karolina Pliskova or a player coming from the qualifying rounds in the second round.
This will be Gauff's second appearance in the tournament, as she played in 2019 and successfully advanced through the qualifiers but was eliminated in the first round by Zarina Diyas. However, in doubles, she had a remarkable performance, winning the championship alongside Caty McNally. It marked the first professional title for the McCoco duo.
As a local player, the American will aim to improve her results from the grass court season, where she reached the second round at the Grass Court Championships Berlin, made it to the semifinals of the Eastbourne Open, but experienced a disappointing first-round defeat at Wimbledon at the hands of her compatriot Sofia Kenin

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