Coco Gauff spilled it 19 years Many tears I shouldn’t have cried. The Florida girl, who first picked up a racquet at the age of six and was homeschooled by her mother Candi while her father Corey coached her, cried under the pressure of not getting what she wanted. The tennis world has been waiting for him for yearsEspecially since she became the youngest tennis player to qualify for Wimbledon in 2019 and confirmed her potential by beating Venus Williams to reach the fourth round.

In the same 2019, when she was just 15 years old, Gauff cried uncontrollably after losing to her opponent in the third round at the US Open. Naomi Osaka, was crowned last year at Flushing Meadows at the age of 20. Like the Japanese, no one understood the pressure Gauff was under and the impact of expectations. health mintI am one of the tennis players. And no one has tried with more class and style to ease their tears and sadness by publicly acknowledging not just Gauff but the extraordinary personal and professional work that Candi and Corey have been doing.

Return to victory

This Saturday, to the same Arthur Ashe song, Gauff was crying again, but with very different tears. She had just returned from the US Open final against Australian champion Aryna Sabalenka, two hours and six minutes later, as of this Monday. number one in the world.

Despite not playing her best tennis, Gauff conquered her career with scores of 2-6, 6-3 and 6-2. first bigShe escaped against an overwhelming Iga Swiatek at Roland Garros last year. And he made sure number 3 in the rankings and one three million dollar check It was equal to that of men in New York, as it had been for 50 years, and she was responsible for publicly thanking Billie Jean King for it.

End of doubts

Gauff, who Roger Federer identified this talent years ago and gave her to his own agency. Team8He also forcibly silenced those who doubted him, those who said that this was another inflated phenomenon, those who continued to minimize his power, because this summer he restarted his physical and mental training. Catalan Pere Riba And together brad gilbert He was climbing the rankings after an early exit from Wimbledon. “Thank you to the people who didn’t believe in me,” the new champion said at the ceremony on Saturday. And while she added titles in Washington (WTA500) and Cincinnati (WTA1000), she also reviewed the questions these voices continue to ask. “WITH Those who thought you were pouring water on my fire: you were really pouring gasoline” he said, “and now I’m burning dazzlingly.”

His words could not be read as arrogance. It was just reaffirmation that belief in self The story of a tennis player who finally manages to achieve his dream with the help of his new team and especially his parents. to free yourself from the chains of the stranger and your own. And today it’s true that Gauff dazzles both on and off the track.

Inspired by Alcaraz

In the matches we saw sports evolutionan improvement athletics this helps you Cover the track like no other today and it makes up for some of its weakest points (though it has also been improved), like the right side. There, in his interviews and press conferences, he made it clear that things were starting to get better: inspired as he knew Following the first advice Carlos Alcaraz and Gilbert gave him, he decided to do the following:Smile more“, having fun. And at the press conference after the victory, he described his own development with the clarity, eloquence and maturity that characterized his speech.

“My mother always reminds me that I am human. Tennis is what I do but that’s not who I am“, he explained. “In the past I would label myself as a player and think that if I didn’t do well in tennis it meant I wasn’t good as a person. It took a lot growth realize the opposite and It wasn’t easy. I would compare my tennis to my value. If I lost, I would think I was worthless as a human being. And it helped that my parents reminded me that they loved me no matter what my outcomes were.”

childhood dreams

This journey, as I realized, has been a long one. When I was 15 I already felt it pressure That it should be big for that age. At 17, he was told and told himself that he needed to outgrow his early developmental signs. Serena Williams, her biggest idol, along with her sister Venus, and the legend of women’s tennis whose success was almost imposed on her. “I felt like I had time limitsAnd if I don’t win by a certain age, it’s not a success,” he said on Saturday. But now he works with a different mindset: Do it for yourself, not for others.”. And “go out and try your best.”

The strategy paid off. And the eight-year-old girl who danced in Arthur Ashe, standing at the Open on one of the days dedicated to children (as an old video now going viral reminds), becomes the queen of the tournament after 11. When asked what she would say to that little girl, Gauff replied: “As a girl you have dreams and sometimes as we grow dilutable. I would tell him not to lose his dream, to keep working hard and believing in it. “Don’t let those who doubt you take away your hope.”

Ready and hungry for more

Gauff is an avid consumer and participant social networksHe is aware of the place where not only tennis is played, but also the sport itself. American society and culture, they put it now. Praise Althea Gibson, the Williamses, Sloane Stephens and Osaka, other black champions “They opened the way”and now wait continue the legacy“Another girl might see this trophy and think she can add her name too.”

For what’s coming now, especially tennis player who has long surpassed the sport and has been vocal about why social and racial justice, and at the same Open, he showed understanding towards environmental activists who interrupted his semi-final in protest. climate changedeclares”list”. It is also in the professional arena where his words remain a warning: “Hunger for more.”

Gauff is also very clear sport is not everything. He also left another example a few days ago that mental clarity This describes him as 19 years old. “There are people who are struggling to provide for their families, who don’t know where their next meal is coming from, who have to pay the bills,” he said. “This is real pressure, these are challenges, this is real life. I I am in a very privileged position.. I get paid to do what I love and I’m supported to do what I love. And that’s something I don’t take lightly.”