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Washington organisers hopeful over Gauff

26th July 2019, 15:59 by Simon Barlow

Coco Gauff has turned up in Washington to practice as she hopes for an opportunity to enter qualifying for next week's Citi Open.

The 15-year-old American, who reached the last 16 of Wimbledon earlier this month, is currently only an alternate for the qualifying draw.

Although now ranked 143 in the world following her Centre Court exploits, the entry deadline for the Washington event required her to use her pre-Wimbledon ranking of No.313, meaning she is not guaranteed a place in the draw.

"We hope she gets into the qualifying but if not, we will provide our community and her fans a great opportunity to meet here and watch her play and practice as she prepares for the US Open," Mark Ein, chairman of MDE Tennis, the organisers of the tournament, said.

"Coco's story is a perfect fit with the history and mission of our tournament and, as potentially the next great American star, she also embodies our future and our reimagination of this storied tennis event."

Canada's Bianca Andreescu has pulled out of the event, postponing her return from a shoulder injury as she targets a return at the Rogers Cup in Toronto on August 6. Belinda Bencic has been replaced by Zarina Diyas and Barbora Strycova by Shelby Rogers.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Simon Barlow has a wealth of journalism experience and in-depth knowledge in a number of sports. As well as his extensive football knowledge, Simon is also well versed on cricket, tennis, American Football and cycling amongst others.

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