Coco Gauff’s Dad Corey Told Her She Could Be The “Greatest” When She Was 8

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You can’t watch tennis superstar Coco Gauff without catching fist pumps, clapping and dancing from her two biggest fans: her dad Corey and mom Candi. I mean, just look at their matching moves here:

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On perhaps the most pressure-filled stage in tennis, Coco kept her cool thanks to her loving, dedicated parents. Here’s what you need to know about the unstoppable Gauffs.

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The Gauffs were impressive athletes too

Corey was a basketball player at Georgia State, and Candi was a hurdler and heptathlete at Florida State. Coco’s dad wanted his kids to follow in his footsteps, but The New York Times reported that she wasn’t great a shooting.

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“I think it helps parents when they have played as high as college or even pro,” Corey Gauff told The New York Times in another interview. “You better understand the process, and so you don’t get too jittery about it. You don’t feel like you’re running out of time, so you are not rushed. You kind of meet your kid where they are at.”

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They left their jobs to support Coco’s tennis dreams

Corey and Candi both grew up in Delray Beach, where they’re now raising their three kids. Though based there now, Coco grew up in Atlanta before moving back to focus on her tennis career. Corey swapped out his role as a healthcare executive to become his daughter’s head coach, and Candi is now using her skills as an educator to homeschool Coco on the road. Last year, Corey joked that this decision made them go from being a “single-income family” to a “no-income family.”

Corey watching Coco practice alongside Serena Williams’s coach Patrick Mouratoglou at Wimbledon in June.

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Having such a close bond hasn’t always been easy for the father-daughter duo, though.

“When I turned, I would say, 12 or 13, we used to argue, because he used to be annoying because he would bring tennis home, and he’s always around me,” Coco told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel last year. “So now we talked, and we understand each other now more.”

Corey and Candi are parents to three kids

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We all know 17-year-old Coco, but the tennis star has two little brothers. Cody is 11 and Cameron is six. If you notice, all of the Gauffs have the initials CDG.

Coco has shared the sweetest throwback photos with her parents

Over the years, Coco has posted several tributes to her beloved parents.

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So cute!

Coco calls her parents her “biggest supporters”

“In the match, I try not to look at my parents too much, but definitely when I have a big ‘Come on!’ or I scream, I look at them because they kind of hype me up,” she told Gayle King on CBS This Morning last month. And then sometimes when I feel a little bit tight during a match, I look at them because they just give me fist pumps, so that just shows me that everything’s gonna be okay. They’re definitely my biggest supporters.”

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Along with supporting her, they’re also so confident that their daughter will succeed. In a recent interview, Coco said her dream is to be “the greatest” — an idea from her dad.

“My dad told me I could do this when I was eight, and obviously, you never believe it,” she said. “I’m still not 100 percent confident, but you have to say things and believe in them.”

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Lucky for Coco, her parents already do.

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