Welcome to the roundup of must-see sports headlines from Monday, highlighted by 15-year-old American Cori “Coco” Gauff knocking off Venus Williams in the first round at Wimbledon.
The sports world is also mourning the loss of 27-year-old Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, who passed away suddenly on Monday.
TOP MOMENT: 15-Year-Old Tennis Prodigy Cori “Coco” Gauff Takes Down Venus Williams in First Round at Wimbledon
Cori “Coco” Gauff became a household name in the tennis world on Monday, as the 15-year-old knocked off Venus Williams in the first round at Wimbledon.
Gauff played with poise of a veteran, beating the five-time Wimbledon champion in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4. She is the youngest woman to win a main-draw match at Wimbledon since Jennifer Capriati upset the defending champion Martina Navratilova in 1991.
“I don’t really know how to feel,” Gauff said in an interview with the BBC following the match. “This is the first time I’ve cried after a match, after winning.”
Born in Atlanta, Gauff grew up idolizing the Williams sisters. She made her Grand Slam debut on Monday, ranked 313 in the world by the Women’s Tennis Association.
Gauff has been on a meteoric rise over the last few years. Last week she became the youngest player to advance to Wimbledon’s main draw through the qualifying stage. In 2017, when she was 13, she became the youngest player to reach a U.S. Open junior final and would go on to win the French Open junior championship the following year.
Venus Williams’ shocking defeat wasn’t the only shakeup on day 1 at Wimbledon. Two-time major champion and the #2 seed at this year’s tournament, Naomi Osaka, was upset in the first round by Yulina Putinseva, 7-6 (4), 6-2.
Angels Pitcher Tyler Skaggs Dies on Monday at Age 27
Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs died suddenly on Monday at the age of 27. Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room in Southlake, Texas, according to police. There’s no further information available about the cause of death at this time.
Police said that no foul play is suspected and that an investigation is ongoing. They also said that it “is not suspected” that Skaggs took his own life, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The Angels came out with a statement announcing Skaggs’ passing and said that he will always be a part of their family. “Tyler has, and always will be, an important part of the Angels Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this devastating time,” said the Angels organization.
Monday’s scheduled game vs. the Texas Rangers was postponed. The rest of the three-game series is expected to be played this week.
Skaggs was 7-7 this season and last pitched this past Saturday against the Oakland Athletics at home, where he went five innings.
Angels General Manager Billy Eppler spoke about Skaggs to reporters, saying, “He had a long life ahead of him, and now that’s gone. Everybody grieves in their own way, and everybody has to find peace through this eventually, but it’s just a tragic day for everybody, especially his family.”
For more on Tyler Skaggs, check out Heavy.com’s 5 Fast Facts.
SOCIAL RUNDOWN: Mike Trout Honors His Fallen Teammate
Born in the Los Angeles area, pitcher Tyler Skaggs was drafted by the Angels with the 40th pick in the first round of the 2009 MLB Draft, the same class as superstar Mike Trout, who was drafted at #25 by the Angels. Before being traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2010, Skaggs was roommates with Trout in the low minor leagues.
Trout took to Twitter on Monday night to express his sadness over the sudden death of his friend and teammate:
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WHAT’S ON TAP IN THE SPORTS WORLD
FIFA Women’s World Cup (Semifinals): U.S. vs. England
Fresh off their huge win over host nation France, the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team will now face England in the World Cup semifinals on Tuesday. On the other side of the bracket, the Netherlands and Sweden will matchup in the second semifinal on Wednesday.
Date: Tuesday, 7/2
Time: 3pm ET
Wimbledon: First Round Continues
The big guns are out on Tuesday at the All England Club, with Serena Williams, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal all in action.
TV: ESPN (Coverage begins at 6am ET)