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Gauff tops No. 9 Konta in French debut

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PARIS (AP) Prepping in the relative warmth of a gym before heading out with leggings and long sleeves to make her French Open debut against the tournament's No. 9 seed, Coco Gauff got a pep talk from Dad.

"His goal was to become an NBA player, and he didn't make it. He told me: `You're living your dream. Not everybody gets to do that. Just have fun on the court.' That really changed my perspective," the 16-year-old Gauff recounted. "I was really nervous going into the match. That just calmed me down. I realized it's just a tennis match. I'm doing some things that people wish they could do."

On a rather unusual start to things at Roland Garros - postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, Day 1 arrived in September instead of May, with only 1,000 spectators allowed instead of more than 30,000 as COVID-19 cases rise in France - Gauff offered the latest proof that she can do most of what she wishes to on a tennis court.

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