- 16-year-old admits talk of her tennis ability added pressure
- Gauff considered taking year off due to ‘dark mindset’
“I’m just a kid who has some pretty big dreams” is how Coco Gauff describes herself on her Instagram handle. Now the American teenager prematurely regarded by many as the eventual successor to the 38-year-old Serena Williams has spoken for the first time about how her life was descending into a nightmare before her career had properly begun.
Gauff, who turned 16 last month, says her doubts about embracing a life in tennis crystallised when she first played at Wimbledon as a junior, a year before her spectacular run to the fourth round in the championships last summer.