Cori Gauff was delighted to hear from two of her idols (Picture: Getty Images)Cori Gauff may be into the last-16 of Wimbledon but her highlight of the tournament has not come from her on-court endeavours.
No, the 15-year-old has been somewhat starstruck by the wider attention she has received, with two figures in particular catching her eye.
Asked what her favourite moment at the All England Club has been, she replied: ‘Jaden [Smith] and Michelle Obama tweeting about me.
‘Yeah, the tennis is obviously great, but that is definitely a plus to it.’
Former first lady Obama tweeted, ‘Coco is terrific’ and the significance of her praise was not lost on the teenager.
‘Yeah, I just saw the tweet. We don’t talk personally. I don’t have her number or anything. I would like that,’ she smiled.
Coco is terrific! 👏🏾 https://t.co/13vsVKdjFP
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) July 5, 2019
Shout Out @CocoGauff You’re The One ☝🏾 https://t.co/aB3ucDhY32
— Jaden (@jaden) July 5, 2019
‘I was super excited. She’s one of my role models. So it was just cool to see that she knows I exist.
‘Just the way she kind of handles herself. When she was, when Mr. Obama was in office, she got a lot of slack for it, but I think she carried herself well the whole term.
Gauff was excited to receive praise from Will Smith’s son Jaden – a singer/actor – and revealed her admiration for the 20-year-old.
‘I don’t know if I want to go live [on Instagram] again because of that, but I was so happy,’ she added. ‘I mean, I have looked up to Jaden for so long.
‘People who follow me know that’s all I post about. I kind of slowed down on it a little bit, but still, it was pretty exciting for me.’
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