“I’m excited to go home now and see my family,” Gauff said. “I saw a video and they were saying they were so proud of me, so that kind of makes me happy.”
Accolades from her idols have been pouring in
Former first lady Michelle Obama took note of Gauff’s success, tweeting
“Coco is terrific!” during her victory against Polona Hercog in the previous round.
Gauff said that one “meant a lot to me because I’ve looked up to her for a long time, and she’s such a role model, and I was really shocked. I wasn’t expecting that. That was probably one of the least expected.”
Pioneering tennis icon Billie Jean King tweeted
, “Your journey is far from over, @CocoGauff. Looking forward to watching your future success on the court and off. #BigFan.”
Gauff has a reply to her new fans.
“I hope they learned about me, that I’m a fighter and I’ll never give up,” she said. “And I hope they learned from me that anything is possible if you work hard and just continue to dream big.”
Due to Women’s Tennis Association age restrictions to prevent burnout in young players, Gauff can’t play in as many tournaments as she wants, as an older player can. She’s eligible for up to seven more professional tournaments before March when she turns 16.
But that still means there are plenty of opportunities for the next Coco fix.
The US Open, which starts next month, is one tournament where Gauff could appear.