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Coco counting down days in Melbourne

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a woman hitting a ball with a racket: Cori Gauff will make her main draw debut at this year's Australian Open © Getty Cori Gauff will make her main draw debut at this year's Australian Open

Rising American star Coco Gauff can't wait for her Melbourne moment as she prepares to make her main draw debut at the Australian Open.

The 15-year-old enjoyed a breakout year in 2019, becoming the youngest qualifier to reach the main draw at Wimbledon in the Open era.

She shocked her idol Venus Williams in the first round before going on to reach the fourth round where she lost to eventual champion Simona Halep.

(Photo by MICHAEL BRADLEY/AFP via Getty Images) © Getty (Photo by MICHAEL BRADLEY/AFP via Getty Images)

Gauff, who is part of Roger Federer's management company Team8, went on to reach the third round of the US Open and the world No 66 is now preparing to make her main draw debut in Melbourne.

"I'm really excited," said Gauff, who also won her first WTA singles and doubles titles last year.

(Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images) © Getty (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

"This is my first Slam getting a main draw without a wild card in general, so I'm really excited for this week.

"I haven't been back in Melbourne since I was thirteen, so I was really happy to come. I enjoyed it here when I played juniors, so I am excited to be able to play on the big stage."

Related: The best sporting pictures from 2019 [Grid]


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