Iconic clip: Coco Gauff watches Venus Williams 11 years before winning US Open

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“If this isn’t proof that your dreams are closer than you think then idk what is,” Coco Gauff commented on a match highlight that surfaced online, showing her in the stands of the 2012 US Open, eleven years before she triumphed at the Grand Slam tournament.

The USTA recently posted extended highlights of Venus Williams’ first-round match against Bethanie Mattek-Sands at the 2012 US Open and a keen observer noticed a familiar face in the audience — an eight-year-old Gauff, wearing a “love game” T-shirt, applauding in the stands.

As social media freelancer Bastien Fachan pointed out on X, the USTA unexpectedly uncovered “a hidden gem of tennis history.”

Coco Gauff lifts her US Open champions trophy

Fast forward to 2023, the little girl from the audience became the US Open champion herself, as a teenager, defeating Aryna Sabalenka in the final, 2-6 6-3 6-2. Coco’s first Grand Slam title earned her $3 million in prize money.


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