USTA Press Release, June 8, 2018
Fourteen-year old Coco Gauff, of Delray Beach, Fla., and 16-year old Caty McNally, of Cincinnati, will play for the French Open girls’ singles title Saturday in Paris, the second year in a row that two Americans are playing for the girls’ singles title at Roland Garros, after Whitney Osuigwe beat Claire Liu there last year.
— Coco Gauff (@CocoGauff) 8. Juni 2018
The match comes with some historical significance in terms of junior tennis:
- This is the first time since the French Open girls’ competition began in 1953 that two consecutive singles finals have featured four differrent players from the same country.
- Gauff or McNally will be the fifth American girls’ singles champion in the last seven majors, a run of success that hasn’t been seen since 1980-81 (Kathy Horvath, ’80 French Open; Susan Mascarin, ’80 US Open; Bonnie Gadusek, ’81 French Open; Zina Garrison, ’81 Wimbledon and US Open).
- Should Gauff (14 years, 2 months) win, she would be the fifth youngest French Open girls’ singles champion, following Martina Hingis (1993, 12 years, 8 months); Jennifer Capriati (1989; 13 years, 2 months); Hingis (1994, 13 years, 8 months) and Gabriela Sabatini (1984; 14 years, 21 days).
- This will be the ninth junior singles title won by an American boy or girl since 2015.
Gauff reached the US Open girls’ final last year at 13, making her the youngest girls’ singles finalist ever at the US Open. She trains with coach Gerard Loglo in Delray Beach and has spent time training with Patrick Mouratoglou at his academy in France