After winning her first Grand Slam title at the US Open, Coco Gauff casually mentioned in the press conference that her boyfriend helped her stay calm and focused before the big match. The 19-year-old had never before revealed that she was in a relationship.
Answering questions about her title run and final against Aryna Sabalenka, Gauff didn’t refrain from mentioning her boyfriend. The American teenager explained how a late-night phone call with him played a pivotal role in redirecting her focus away from visualizing winning the US Open, allowing her to stop overthinking:
I just called my boyfriend, and I told him let’s talk until it’s time to go to sleep so we spoke until 1:00 a.m. and then I went to sleep.
The newly-crowned US Open champion acknowledged that prematurely envisioning herself with a Grand Slam trophy was a mistake she made before competing in the 2022 Roland Garros final. This time around, she made a conscious effort to avoid repeating that error:
Honestly, I didn’t have any of those visions till last night. I thought about it, but I told myself to get it out of my head, because that’s what I did at the French Open. I was envisioning what would happen if I would win. I think I was wanting it too much.
@cocogauffthis barbie is the us open champion 💞♬ Barbie World – <3
Fresh from her US Open victory, Gauff embraced a popular Barbie trend, parading her trophy through the streets of New York City. She sported a stylish ensemble, featuring a pink crop top and matching pants.