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Winning at Wimbledon, 'Coco' captures hearts back home

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Published on July 6, 2019 - Duration: 01:39s

Winning at Wimbledon, 'Coco' captures hearts back home

With several upsets at Wimbledon, young American Cori Gauff is capturing the hearts of her fans back home in Delray Beach, Florida.

Nathan Frandino has more.

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Winning at Wimbledon, 'Coco' captures hearts back home

(SOUNDBITE) (English) YOUNG THAI TENNIS PLAYER CREDIT CHAIYARIN SAYING: "I like her like attitude." (SOUNDBITE) (English) YOUNG MALE TENNIS PLAYER SAYING: "She's too strong and can run all day." (SOUNDBITE) (English) PROWORLD TENNIS ACADEMY FOOTWORK TRAINER JEFF DROCK ON GAUFF'S SUCCESS, SAYING: "She's incredible." At the Proworld Tennis Academy in Delray Beach, Florida, young American Cori Gauff is the talk of the courts.

And with good reason... the 15-year-old, popularly known as Coco, is powering her way through Wimbledon, the world's most prestigious tennis championships.

Proworld was just one stop to the top for Coco.

Footwork trainer Jeff Drock... (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRO WORLD TENNIS ACADEMY FOOTWORK TRAINER JEFF DROCK ON GAUFF'S SUCCESS, SAYING: "And she's always, just her desire, motivation, focus is on a totally different planet." Coco captured fans in Wimbledon's first round when she defeated her idol and five-times champion Venus Williams.

She followed up with a second round win over former semi-finalist Magdalena Rybarikova.

Then she came from behind to beat Slovenian Polona Hercog... all under the watchful eyes of her fans back home.

She now advances to the round of 16 to take on former world number one Simona Halep on Monday.

Sly Black coached Gauff when she was 10.

He credits her success to her mental toughness.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) CORI GAUFF'S FORMER COACH, SLY BLACK, SAYING: "I have coached many girls at the same age, at that age - between eight and 15-years-old - and Cori's mental ability was just as good as any top 15-year-old girl I have ever seen.

At that age she was well ahead of her time." And Black believes she'll only get better.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) CORI GAUFF'S FORMER COACH, SLY BLACK, SAYING: "Everyone knows who she is.

She is on target right now, for sure, to become the best tennis player in the world."

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