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17-year old Delray Beach star Coco Gauff leads Team US Olympic Tennis Team

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United States’s Coco Gauff celebrates after defeating Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur during their fourth round match on day 9, of the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France, Monday, June 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Teenage superstar Coco Gauff, ranked No. 23 in the world, is one of eight U.S. singles players set to make their Olympic debuts in Tokyo.

Gauff will be the youngest Olympic tennis player since 2000.

The news came as Gauff advanced to the third round of Wimbledon on Thursday, winning 6-4, 6-3 over Elena Vesnia.

Just two years ago, she was making her main draw debut at the annual Grand Slam tournament, where she got a surprise victory over Venus Williams.

The women’s doubles team consist of Gauff and Nicole Melichar, and Pegula and Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

“So proud of my daughter,” Corey Gauff wrote on Thursday in a Facebook post after it was announced that Gauff is headed to Tokyo later this month.

“She is an example of setting your goals as high as possible,” Corey Gauff continued, pointing out how she told him 18 months ago that she wanted to go to the Olympics.

The Tokyo Olympics begin July 23.