SportsPulse: Coco Gauff rocked the tennis world with a strong showing at Wimbledon, but now she heads into the U.S. Open with big expectations. USA TODAY

FLUSHING MEADOWS, N.Y. – In a whirlwind visit to the US Open on Thursday, Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant promoted his book, lent support to Net Generation, the USTA’s youth-development initiative that encourages multi-sport participation, and offered thoughts on 15-year-old Coco Gauff.

“It’s amazing, at that age, not just the skill she possesses but the poise and dropping the first set (Tuesday) but being able to maintain her cool, maintain her composure, not get rattled,” Bryant said.

“It’s very, very rare to find an athlete at

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