The WTA rules which limits Coco Gauff’s tournament participation until she turns 18

Coco Gauff is on the rise.

Having made it to the fourth round at Wimbledon, defeating Venus Williams in round one and winning her first WTA title in Linz last week the 15 year old is now ranked at 73 in the world.

A week which saw her claim her first top 10 win (against Kiki Bertens) led to her breaking the top 100 but there is some red tape.

Despite this ranking of 73 in the world right now which will see her be able to gain direct entrance into tournaments there are limits on how many tournaments she can play in so scheduling will have to be planned thoroughly.

These rules state;

” At the age of 15, a player is allowed to participate in ten professional tennis tournaments, plus the year-end Finals or Elite Trophy should she qualify – and she’s also allowed to play in the Fed Cup if selected. She can also pick up three wild cards over the course of those 12 months.”

” Once she turns 16, she’s permitted to play in two more pro tournaments than she was the year before – and gets one more wild card.”

” A 17-year-old player can participate in 16 pro tournaments and now gets the maximum possible wild cards – and once she turns 18, those restrictions are lifted entirely.”

Coco has appeared in just 4 WTA events this year and 3 ITF events (Grand Slams). It is understood that out of the 10 she can play in she has only filled 4 of the 10 as this isn’t an ITF rule.

Her scheduling is unknown for 2020 but she is expected at the Australian Open having now got to a stage where she will be a main draw entrant. It is rumoured that Coco will head to the inaugural Adelaide International before hand.

Are these rules correct way to go?

I think so! I’m a believer of players having ‘too much too soon’ and this slows that down. Not only are you playing tennis but the whole tour life and travelling can be tough. Throw into that the added duties with media and sponsors, it should be about the tennis and these rules allow that.

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