‘All My Friends Were Freaking Out’ – 18-Year-Old Coco Gauff Once Confessed to Having a Toe-Curling Crush on Will Smith’s Son Jaden

Published 11/26/2022, 2:35 PM EST
2019 US Open Tennis Tournament- Day Seven. A smiling Coco Gauff of the United States while hitting balls into the crowd after her victory with partner Catherine McNally of the United States in action Nicole Melichar of the United States and Kveta Peschke of the Czech Republic in the Women’s doubles round two match on Louis Armstrong Stadium during the 2019 US Open Tennis Tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 1st, 2019 in Flushing, Queens, New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

Watching Jaden Smith in the movie ‘Karate Kid’ and rapping to Justin Bieber’s song made everyone go crazy, especially girls who grew up at the time. And one of them was the young Coco Gauff, the American tennis sensation. So, when her childhood crush tweeted about her after her astounding run at Wimbledon, where she defeated Venus Williams in the first round, she went crazy.

Gauff detailed her excitement about receiving appreciation from a lot of celebrities. So, when appreciation came from none other than her childhood crush, Jaden Smith, Gauff could not keep calm.


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Coco Gauff was exhilarated after Jaden Smith praised her performance

The American teenage sensation made headlines around the world when she defeated the legend Venus Williams in the first round of the Wimbledon Championships in 2019. Several renowned personalities like Michelle Obama, Snoop Dogg, and Jaden Smith showered praise on the 15-year-old’s incredible achievement.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 29, 2022 Coco Gauff of the U.S. celebrates winning her fourth round match against Belgium’s Elise Mertens REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

But getting praise from Will Smith’s son made Gauff swoon. In an interview, she talked about how thrilling it was to get appreciation from Michelle Obama. Following that, she mentioned her childhood crush, Jaden Smith.

She said, “I kinda had the biggest crush on him when I was younger.” Furthermore, she said, “All my friends were freaking out ’cause they know how much I like him.” 

After her astounding run in 2022, Gauff has garnered a lot of love and support from people around the world.


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Gauff on finding her own identity

When the American teenager rose to prominence, the inevitable comparison with Serena Williams came her way. But Gauff has made a name for herself, for not only being an astounding tennis player but also for speaking up about issues that affect her. So, when an interviewer asked her about being compared to Serena, she stated she understands where the comparison was coming from. However, she did not want to be the ‘next Serena Williams’, she only wanted to be a better version of herself.

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And this is something we have seen her doing quite well in 2022. The current world no. 7 performed exceedingly well in both singles and doubles categories. And the best part is, she is still very young and has the potential to be the best in the world in the coming years.

Do you think Gauff will fulfill her promise and rule the WTA Tour in the future?



Shivali Sharma

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Shivali Sharma is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. She has pursued her Master's in history from Himachal University, but her love for the game has driven her to write about tennis. Shivali is a huge fan of Naomi Osaka and admires Osaka not only for her on-court performances, but also for her off-court actions.

Edited By: Tony Thomas