15-year-old Coco Gauff will play a special exhibition match in Dallas this fall. Courtesy of USA Today
After becoming the youngest player in the Open era to qualify for Wimbledon, Gauff beats Venus Williams in the 1st round.
Jaden Smith, Coco Gauff, & Willow Smith at Madison Square Garden. Courtesy of @cocogauff
Coco is coming to Dallas!
We’re known for a few weeks that a brand new professional tennis series coming to Dallas-Fort Worth this fall. Since that reveal, the Oracle Pro Series has signed on RBC Wealth Management (the same company that sponsors the RBC Tennis Championships of Dallas) as the presenting sponsor of the tournament and exhibition.
Along with that, 15-year-old American tennis pro Coco Gauff, who recently went on a miraculous run at the U.S. Open, will play an exhibition match at Southern Methodist University during the series. Gauff ended up understandably losing to World No. 1 Naomi Osaka in the third round at Flushing, but not before capturing the heart of the New York crowd.
Before that, she had made history when she became the youngest person in the Open era to qualify for Wimbledon, and then went on to defeat Venus Williams in the first round. She eventually lost to 2019 Wimbledon champion and former World No. 1 Simona Halep in the fourth round, but had already captured global attention at that point.
As chronicled on Gauff’s Instagram, when she’s not taking the tennis world by storm, this teenager is hanging out backstage with Jaden and Willow Smith at Madison Square Garden. And she even got to meet her idol, former First Lady Michelle Obama.
Running October 20 through 27, the women’s ITF World Tennis Tour event will feature a one-night special exhibition on October 25 that includes Gauff, Andy Roddick, Jim Courier and Christina McHale. McHale is a 27-year-old American player, who has been ranked as high as No. 24 in singles.
Also while the women’s tournament is being held in Dallas, a men’s tour ITF World Tour (that features the exact same $25,000 prize) will take place at Texas Christian University during the same week.
The October 25 exhibiton will start at 6 pm and will feature a few fun matchups, including women’s singles, men’s doubles, and mixed doubles. Tickets are available at oracleproseries.com.