At the 2022 U.S. Open, 18-year-old Coco Gauff made history yesterday, September 4. The tennis pro made history by being the youngest American since 2009 to reach the quarterfinals. The storied competition was held at Flushing, New York's Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Shuai Zhang was defeated by Gauff, who then moved on to the quarterfinals for the first time in her professional career. According to a tweet from ESPN, "Coco Gauff (18) becomes the youngest American woman to reach the U.S. Open quarterfinals since 2009." Gauff noted the stadium's audible noise as being extremely loud. "I can't hear my own screams here.
The cheering also impressed her father, Corey Gauff. "I continued to pinch myself. My god, all of these people are here for my daughter, I think. You may have this in your dreams, but you can never be sure if it will come true. They reacted to her as she pumped herself up. At the game, he stated, "It gave me the goosebumps.
In order to express their support and take in the action, celebrities also went to the tournament. Some of the celebrities observed in the audience included Russell and Ciara Wilson, Mike Tyson, Brooklyn Nets player Ben Simmons, Spike Lee, and New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley.
Serena Williams participated in her final U.S. Open match before retiring on Friday, September 2. Gauff has been outspoken about how Williams has influenced her career. The young athlete revealed last month that her first paid gig as a child was portraying a young Venus Williams in a commercial.
I was probably 9 or 10 years old. To portray a young version of her with just the [face] down, they needed a stunt double. Gauff said during a news conference prior to the U.S. Open, "I assume it was for a Delta commercial.
I don't think they ever utilised it, but that was the first check I ever received as a child, she continued. She is unaware of the fact, yet her acting in a commercial was the reason I ever made money for myself. Gauff posted a heartfelt remembrance of Williams on Twitter after her final match: "Serena, THANK YOU. You are the reason I have faith in this dream.