Ranking points, success on tour, social media followers, respect and admiration—these are all areas Coco Gauff has seen significant gains in. But during her five-month hiatus from competing, the 16-year-old did lose something valuable: Her ability to get behind the wheel.
“This is so embarrassing. A month ago, I lost my permit so I haven’t been able to drive,” Gauff said on Tuesday. “Before then, I was practicing on my driving. I still need to work on my parking, it’s so bad.”
There was nothing too bad about her first match in more than six months. Having last appeared in the round of 16 at January’s Australian Open, where she lost in three sets to eventual champion Sofia Kenin, Gauff won a high-quality contest over countrywoman Caroline Dolehide to make a successful return in Lexington, K.Y.