Hey guys, i found this article from a yahoo search. Lots of info in here about why CoCo is not higher ranked considering her awesome game. It looks like she is 1,000% healthy now
Coco's old genes look good
By Jerry Magee
February 20, 2007
Coco Vandeweghe, 15, has withdrawn from La Costa Canyon High and has begun home schooling in Palm Springs in order that she can be coached by Jose Higueras, a noted tennis instructor.
Tennis prodigy Coco Vandeweghe, 15, has a new coach (Jose Higueras) and a new approach (home schooling). She will be working out in Palm Springs.
“She was just dying to do it,” said Coco's mother, Tauna Vandeweghe of Rancho Santa Fe, who is married to Michael O'Shea but retains the name Vandeweghe.
As her mother noted, Coco is not a typical 15-year-old. She is 6-feet-1, weighs 150 and has the genes of a champion if not, just yet, the complete game of a champion. Within a year, her mother said if things go well for Coco in her association with Higueras, she should be able to play with anybody.
“Her only weakness is inexperience,” said her mother.
Certainly, she has the genes to excel. Consider:
Her grandfather is Ernie Vandeweghe, a onetime stalwart of the New York Knicks.
Her mother, who is just a shade under 6-feet-3, swam competitively at UCLA. At 20, she began playing volleyball at USC and was a member of the U.S. women's volleyball team at the Montreal Olympics in 1984.
Advertisement Tauna Vandeweghe's mother was “Miss America” in 1952. Her name was Colleen Kay Hutchins. She was the sister of 6-foot-6 Mel Hutchins, a basketball star at BYU who was the second player named (by the Tri-Cities Blackhawks) in the NBA's 1951 draft. Mel Hutchins would play seven years in the NBA with three teams.
Coco's uncle is Kiki Vandeweghe, a former UCLA basketball star who has served as the general manager of the Denver Nuggets and currently is a television commentator on NBA matters.
As her mother details her daughter's game, Coco never is going to be one of those women who take a stand at the baseline and rally interminably. She is being prepared to play a “big game,” which takes time to develop, but she has the serve to do it.
“What's important to us is not today,” said her mother.
For the first time in three years, Coco is fully healthy, according to her mother. A mold that had developed in the family's Rancho Santa Fe home had taxed her immune system and made her vulnerable to injuries.
“Every time she got tired, she got hurt,” her mother said. “She went two years when she almost didn't finish a tournament.”
But she is fit now and her mother said she is profiting from the counseling she is receiving from Higueras.
“He has a very strong work ethic; he is the person Jim Courier and Pete Sampras went to when they wanted to get in shape,” Tauna Vandeweghe said. “Coco is not a little bitty girl; she is an athlete. Everybody who sees her says, 'Oh, boy, she looks great.' ”
Coco currently is competing in the Girls 18s Supernationals in Hawaii.