22 January 2020

Teenage tennis sensation Coco Gauff believes driving a car is more frightening than facing top stars on centre court

American tennis sensation Coco Gauff has revealed that driving on US highways is more frightening than facing top opponents on centre court. 

Speaking at a press conference in Melbourne where she faces Japan's Naomi Osaka in the third round, she said: "My dad lets me drive more than my mum. I try to force her to let me drive. I need the practice. 

"When I’m 16 and I get my licence, I’m going to be going to fast food place Chick-Fil-A and everywhere without my parents.

"Honestly, the first time I drove on a highway was really nerve-wracking for me. Also driving with my brothers in the car was nerve-wracking.

"One of my brothers gives me good criticism when it comes to driving. 

"But they get mad when I drive slow. I don’t understand. I’m driving the speed limit, but that’s slow for them. 

"I actually got my permit during the off-season. I was already technically driving then, but it was like on back roads, getting a feel for it."

Gauff, who turns 16 in March, has her provisional permit to drive in Florida as long as she is accompanied by an adult. 

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