U.S Open officials plan to extend a wildcard to 15-year-old Wimbledon sensation Coco Gauff into the main draw in the coming weeks, as per reports.
However, if it does so, the Open would be ignoring the WTA’s age-eligibility rules for 15-year-olds.
According to the WTA rulebook that is adopted into USTA bylaws, a player can accept a maximum of three wildcards during her age-15 year. Gauff, the Florida-based prodigy, already has accepted her three wildcards: to the Miami Open, the French Open qualifiers (she didn’t advance) and the Wimbledon qualifiers.
“We would expect to see Coco in the main draw of the US Open,’’ USTA director of communications Chris Widmaier told The Post. “She certainly won the hearts of tennis fans in our country with her Wimbledon performance. It’s not every day an athlete of her age becomes water-cooler talk.‘’
When asked about Gauff exceeding the limit of three wildcards, Widmaier said he believes the Open will be “exempt.’’