I couldn’t have faced Serena at Wimbledon – Gauff reveals as she graces Vogue cover in $5,690 gold dress

Stephen Nartey March 07, 2024
Top tennis player Coco Gauff. Photo Credit: Instagram, Coco Gauff

Grand Slam winner Coco Gauff showed that she wasn’t only an embodiment of perfectionism but had a dose of style up her sleeve when she graced the cover of Vogue’s April issue. At just 19, Gauff secured her first major win at the US Open in September, triumphing over Aryna Sabalenka in a memorable match at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Now, six months later, she’s stepping into the limelight akin to tennis icon Serena Williams, gracing the cover of the renowned fashion magazine, according to Daily Mail. At the cusp of turning 20, rising tennis star Gauff was captured by renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz, known for her iconic portraits of figures like Queen Elizabeth II.

Gauff, radiant in a $5,690 Michael Kors dress, posed for the camera and shared insights on her recent Grand Slam victory, navigating pressure, and her admiration for the Williams sisters in an interview with the publication.

The young athlete, adorned in a stunning gold Dior ensemble, likened her exhilarating US Open victory to an addictive pursuit she plans to chase throughout her career.

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Gauff graces Vogue cover. Photo credit: Annie Leibovitz, Vogue.

“That was a feeling I’ll never be able to replicate no matter how many more matches I win,” she told Vogue. “I want to win more so I can get as close to the feeling.

“I told my mom—I literally said, ‘It was an addictive feeling.’ As soon as I felt that, I wanted to refeel it again. I said, ‘Now I see how people get addicted to drugs.’ That feeling was a drug. For the rest of my life, the rest of my career, I’m going to be chasing that high.”

Gauff’s defeat of Venus Williams in the first round at Wimbledon (her first grand slam match) made her an instant global star.

“When I walked on the court, I put the music really loud in my ears because I didn’t want to look at, or hear, the crowd,” Gauff recalled of the match against the five-time champion in 2019. “A lot of times during that match I didn’t even look at the scoreboard because I didn’t want to see her name.”

The fast-rising tennis expressed her regret for not being able to play Serena Williams before her retirement in 2022. “If I had the perfect world I would have gotten to play both. But Serena retired and I played Venus twice. In my perfect world I would have played Venus once and Serena once,” she said.

But Gauff said she was happy she never got the chance to face Serena Williams because she wasn’t sure how she would have handled herself.

“Playing Serena at Wimbledon, I don’t know, I feel like it would have messed up my story,” she said. “I wasn’t ready for Serena at that time.”

Gauff’s journey to her first Grand Slam victory involved overcoming perfectionism, a trait ingrained since her early school days, as revealed by her mother.

“It’s a great thing and also a bad thing,” Gauff explained. “It’s not like I’m saying, ‘Good job, Coco.’ It’s like, ‘Okay, why didn’t you do that sooner?”

“I’m trying to do more of, you know, accepting the good shots,” Gauff said, “and giving myself as much of a compliment as I do a critique.”

The tennis star hinted she was involved in a romantic relationship without disclosing her boyfriend’s identity. Describing him as a “very nice guy” who is currently a student, aspiring for music school and pursuing acting, she also revealed he plays the guitar and hails from Atlanta, not Delray.

“And actually, um, I will say this: People on Twitter found him two or three days ago. I won’t respond and confirm if it’s him or not, but they caught me in the comments, so they know.

“Some people thought it was someone in tennis and that couldn’t be further from the truth.”

Last Edited by:Mildred Europa Taylor Updated: March 7, 2024


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