This 8-year-old prom queen is now queen of the US Open.
Coco Gauff hinted at her future as a US Open champion 11 years ago when she was filmed dancing in the stands at Flushing Meadows to Carly Ray Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.”
Beautiful video circulating online After the 19-year-old’s emotional victory, a young Gauff, who was just 8 years old at the time, is shown dancing and jumping in Arthur Ashe Stadium, where she would reign champion more than a decade later.
Coco Gauff danced to “Call Me Maybe” at the US Open 11 years ago. She is now a champion. Tennis Channel, /X
The teenage phenom made tennis history on Saturday after her 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory over Aryna Sabalenka in the US Open final, her first Grand Slam victory.
Gauff is the first American to win in Queens since 2017 and the youngest American champion since Serena Williams in 1999.
Gauff danced less at this US Open, but there was still plenty of celebration.
As soon as she scored the final point against Sabalenka, a 25-year-old Belarusian player and the world’s top-ranked player, she collapsed on the court and burst into tears as the crowd erupted.
Gauff is the youngest American to win the US Open since Serena Williams in 1999.USA TODAY Sports via Reuters Con
He then ran off the court to have a touching hug with his family.
“Thank you to the people who didn’t believe in me,” the new tennis star told the crowd to applause after her hard-fought victory.
“Those who thought [they] “They were pouring water on my fire, they were really pouring gas on it and I’m really burning so brightly right now.”