Work in the minor tennis leagues
As most non-Top 200 players should, Gauff moved to the International Tennis Federation circuit of smaller tournaments below the WTA level, hoping to earn enough standings to enter the elite level.
At a $ 80,000 green clay tournament in Charlottesville, Virginia, at. 392, Gauff lost in the first round to Zoe Hives, 6-4, 7-6 (3), on April 23.
In Charleston, South Carolina, the following week, Gauff, then ranked 387th, won two qualifying matches and two more in the main draw to reach the quarterfinals of the $ 100,000 I.T.F. tournament. She lost in the quarterfinals to Taylor Townsend, the eventual champion.
Training in Europe
On May 6, in the first qualifying round with $ 100,000 I.T.F. Tournament in Bonita Springs, Florida, Gauff suffered his worst loss of the year, dropping 6-1, 6-1, to 334 ranked Quinn Gleason.
Gauff, ranked 354, then went to France, where he occasionally trains at Patrick Mouratoglou's academy. In St. Gaudens, France, Gauff reached the quarterfinals of $ 60,000 I.T.F. tournament before losing to 154th-ranked Tereza Martincova in three sets. It's the last match she played in I.T.F. the circuit.
Gauff, now 324, received a wildcard in the French Open draw because he won the junior title last year. Gauff won a professional match in a Grand Slam tournament for the first time, defeating Ankita Raina 6-4 6-4. Gauff lost in the second round of qualifying to Slovenian teenager Kaja Juvan, who would later leave Serena Williams at Wimbledon.