BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Teen tennis phenom Coco Gauff became the youngest player since 1991 to reach the Round of 16 at Wimbledon and her hard work has inspired her family, especially her little brother Codey.
Codey Gauff looks up to many athletes, but after seeing his older sister win six matches at Wimbledon, she’s now his favorite role model.
“After she beat Venus [Williams], I thought she was a winner from there," the 11-year-old said.
Codey is the younger brother of the 15-year-old tennis star. He’s in Birmingham this week, along with his grandparents, playing in the Piper Davis National Baseball Tournament. Codey says his inspiration to play hard is his older sister.
“When Coco is here, she’s at his games and if she wasn’t in London, she would be here yelling," said Gauff’s grandmother Yvonne Odom.
Codey is 11-years-old, but plays in the 14U Division because of his talent and hard work, traits he says he learned from Coco.
“How much effort she puts into her practice and to her game, I try to mimic her and put that much effort into my practices so I can get better,” Codey said.
From watching Coco play at Wimbledon to watching Codey play baseball in Birmingham, life has forever changed for the Gauff family, but they believe they wouldn’t be where they are without hard work.
“It’s changed so much, but we have a lot to look forward to," said Gauff’s grandfather Eddie Odom.