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Philanthrophy: Coco Gauff to headline charity tennis event in Boca

Delray Beach tennis star Coco Gauff shocked the world and herself with a Wimbledon victory over Venus Williams. Photo provided

By Brian Biggane

Local tennis fans hoping to catch Delray Beach sensation Coco Gauff in action will get their chance when Kevin Anderson and First Serve present the Courtside Cause at 3 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Boca Grove Golf and Tennis Club in Boca Raton.


Anderson, who reached a career-high No. 5 in the ATP rankings in July 2018, and Gauff will be joined on court by twin brothers Bob and Mike Bryan, the most successful doubles duo in the history of American tennis. Stand-up comedian Michael Kosta, a fixture on The Daily Show, will serve as emcee.


Gauff, 15, was the biggest story in the tennis world this year. She defeated Venus Williams in her first main-draw match at Wimbledon before advancing to the fourth round, then reached the third round of the U.S. Open two months later.


Gauff recently won the Linz Open in Austria, making her the youngest winner on the WTA Tour since 2004.


Anderson, a Gulf Stream resident whose wife, Kelsey, recently gave birth to their first child, a girl named Keira, was a finalist in both the 2017 U.S. Open and 2018 Wimbledon. He has battled injuries of late and underwent knee surgery in September. He still compiled an 11-4 record in 2019 that included a victory last January at an ATP event in Pune, India.


Proceeds from the event go to Dezzy’s Second Chance Animal Shelter and the Ocean Conservancy.


Tickets are $300 per person, or $5,000 for a group of eight that includes reserved seats, dinner and champagne. For more information visit www.courtsidecause.org.

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