Tennis Phenom Cori Gauff Is a Typical Teen off Court, Reveals Cancer Survivor Grandma
Coco Gauff's grandmother, who has cancer opens up about how the Tennis champion lives like any other typical teen!
73-year-old Yvonne Odom, who happens to combat cancer, is a strong and dedicated woman. The grandmother who is in charge of the welfare of two of her grandkids, 11-year-old Corey Gauff, and 6-year-old Cameron Gauff, for the time being, has come out to talk about her granddaughter's lifestyle.
Coco's parents, accompanied the 15-year-old to London, as the teen made history as the second youngest tennis player to get to Wimbledon's last 16. The first was Jennifer Capriati, twenty-eight years ago.
The African American went up against Simona Halep Monday for the quarter-final qualifier and was beaten, but that did not stop her grandparents, Yvonne, and Eddie from cheering their grandbaby on just like her other numerous fans and even speaking proudly about her.
Yvonne claimed in an interview with "DailyMail" that her grandchild is just like any regular teenager; when she's not playing, she is listening to Beyonce, or Rihanna or Miss Mulatto.
The tennis champ even has a photo of her mentor, Serena Williams on her wall as a constant reminder to always bring on an A-game.
Speaking of A-games, Coco made a comeback with a win against Slovenia's Polona Hercog, and her delightful grandma couldn't curtail her excitement as she talked about the youngster's confidence and how Coco would do nothing but emerge victorious.
"When that girl sets her mind to win, she wins. She never steps out on a tennis court thinking anything other than she will win."
Yvonne also expressed how smooth her relationship with the teen is. The family's enshrined in Christianity and grandma continuously sends Coco scriptural quotes, which she says will keep her "grounded and focused."
She has the support and love of her family members and her background is also rooted in sports. Her parents, who are no alien to the world of sports, helps to groom the youngster.
Her mom is 48-year old Candi, a former gymnast, and runner, while her dad is 47-year-old Corey, a former basketball star and her tennis coach. It appears the apple doesn't fall far from the tree after all.
No doubt, Coco's strength, resilience, and agility is from her grandmother, who made groundbreaking history at 15. 15-year old Yvonne schooled at Seacrest High School, Delray Beach, an all white school in 1961.
She was selected to rate the level of mental capacity of the blacks, to show how well they could perform in school, and how much skin color did not affect their learning.
Coco's grandmother stood out as her performance in sports and academics was outstanding, although she was not allowed to achieve her full potential in sports, it didn't deter her from excelling in her academics, and becoming a math teacher.
She met her Knight in Shining armor in ninth grade, and the two have been married for over five decades with three children. Grandma although have had her fair share of challenges in life, she's surpassed them.
Now, she has passed those legacies on to her granddaughter, no wonder she's very proud to talk about the phenomenal teen star!