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Family, friends, and future pro tennis hopefuls who trained alongside Gauff not surprised by her sudden success

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Published on July 6, 2019 - Duration: 01:34s

Family, friends, and future pro tennis hopefuls who trained alongside Gauff not surprised by her sudden success

Family, friends, and future pro tennis hopefuls who trained alongside Coco Gauff in Florida not surprised by her success at Wimbledon

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Family, friends, and future pro tennis hopefuls who trained alongside Gauff not surprised by her sudden success

BROADCAST AND DIGITAL RESTRICTIONS~** SHOWS: DELRAY BEACH, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES (JULY 5, 2019) (REUTERS-ACCESS ALL) 1.

PROWORLD TENNIS ACADEMY WHERE COCO GAUFF TRAINS 2.

(SOUNDBITE)(English) YOUNG THAI TENNIS PLAYER CREDIT CHAIYARIN SAYING: "When I see her (Gauff) like on TV she's very, I like her like attitude and it's getting her places so I think like me copying that would make me play the same." 3.

(SOUNDBITE)(English) YOUNG MALE TENNIS PLAYER SAYING: "So I was training with her (Gauff) when I was like 13, 14 (years old), we were training together for like two, three years, three years together.

She's taller than me, bigger than me, strong, she's powerful and very smart at the same time but she is, she's unbelievable at that time, she's too strong and can run all day." 4.

(SOUNDBITE)(English) YOUNG AMERICAN TENNIS PLAYER VICTORIA SASINKA SAYING: "Yeah it's certainly a motivation seeing that it's possible that people like my age are playing at that level so it's like motivation pushing me." 5.

(SOUNDBITE)(English) PROWORLD TENNIS ACADEMY FOOTWORK TRAINER JEFF DROCK ON GAUFF'S SUCCESS, SAYING: "I jump up and down, yell at the TV, it's amazing.

I mean I knew that she would break through but I was thinking more like the age of 17, so for her to be breaking through at the age of 15 is, it just kind of blows my mind...but she's incredible." 6.

(SOUNDBITE)(English) GAYEL BLACK, WIFE OF ONE OF COCO GAUFF'S EARLY COACHES SLY BLACK, SAYING: "I think everyone I've talked to they're so excited, the kids and the parents are just so excited to know a little girl that could go so far, they all knew her since she was like six years old so they've been following her all these years and hitting with her and I've seen girls just walk up to her and ask 'Coco will you hit with me' and she gets on the court and hits with them and they just leave town with the biggest grin in the world on their face." STORY: Teenage Wimbledon sensation Cori "Coco" Gauff developed her game in Delray Beach, Florida and the players who saw her sharpen her skills and in many cases hit with her on the practice courts at Proworld Tennis Academy are delighted by her success but not surprised they said Friday (July 5).

From the life long coaches to the young tennis players at Proworld, none of them are surprised to see Gauff having success on the tennis court, though it might be coming a little earlier than they expected.

At the nearby Paradise Sports Lounge, owned by Gayel Black whose husband Sly Black used to coach Gauff, supporters went wild cheering on the fifteen-year-old as she clawed her way back from a set and 5-2 down and saved two match points to beat Slovenia's Polona Hercog 3-6 7-6(7) 7-5 and reach the fourth round.

Back at Proworld the young players are also excited to see someone they know have success on such a big stage it gives them them hope and motivation that they too can achieve their tennis dreams. Gauff will need all the support she can get on Monday when she faces her stiffest test yet in seventh seed and former world number one Simona Halep.

(Production: Peter Bullock)

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