Flabbergasted by the US Open Victory of 19YO Coco Gauff, Serena Williams’ Ex-Coach Sends a Vital Message to the Kids of America

Published 09/10/2023, 8:56 AM EDT

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The questions of ability and potential have been put to rest. Coco Gauff had her first breakthrough as a 15-year-old and ever since then, people have questioned if she would ever win a Grand Slam. As the 19-year-old teenage prodigy finally delivered on the hype by claiming her first-ever Grand Slam title in New York after defeating a top-form Aryna Sabalenka, Gauff realized her and a nation’s hopes at the US Open. Now that she has proved her critics wrong, the tennis world is celebrating the teenage champion. Of her long list of appreciative supporters is also Serena Williams’ former coach.

Rennae Stubbs took to X – formerly known as Twitter – as she made sure to appreciate Gauff. But her message was not just for the tennis ace. Her words also held a motivational message for all the teenagers aspiring to make their name in the sport.

Serena Williams’ ex-coach posts a motivational message for teenagers inspired by Coco Gauff’s US Open win


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Coco Gauff has now become the first American teenager to win a major tennis tournament after Serena Williams in 1999. This win is a testament to her sheer hard work and her unwavering aim to make her dream come true. Inspired by her win, Rennae Stubbs posted a motivational message for other teenagers to be like Coco.

She tweeted, “This kid just won the US Open. Dream big kids. Dream big!” Her victory at the US Open is an inspiration for not just teenagers who are aspiring to be great tennis players, but also for people in general who have dreams and want to make it BIG. Rennae wishes that people would be more like Coco, who achieved her dreams at such a young age as she had thought of when she was just a kid.


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In fact, Gauff even foreshadowed her win at the US Open when she was only 8 and proved it right 11 years later. A dancing video of Coco Gauff at 8 in the stands of the tennis court went viral after her win. It clearly shows that she started dreaming of this day when she was just a toddler.

Coco’s dancing video makes everyone go ‘aww’ as the teen star lifts her grand slam trophy

At 8 years old, Coco Gauff was a clip of herself swaying to ‘Call Me Maybe’ at the Arthur Ashe Stadium, dancing in the stands with her father by her side during the US Open fan week. Little did she know then what would happen in the following decade. Now 11 years later, at the same venue, she has lifted her first Grand Slam trophy after a momentous win.

Gauff’s journey is nothing short of a dream come true – a dream she saw as a young girl. From the stands to the court at Arthur Ashe, the teenager’s run has been a testament to her hard work and self-belief. As Rennae said, people should continue to dream big, and with toil and ambition, dreams do come true.


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While this is possibly just the beginning of a long and storied career, it is certainly going to have its ups and downs as well. But as her resilience and indomitable will have proved, Gauff shall overcome all.


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Written by:

Ishmeet Kaur


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Ishmeet Kaur is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. Although she completed her Masters in Business Administration, her passion for writing motivated her to hone her skills as a Content Writer. After sharpening her skills in writing and managing content, Ishmeet finally stepped into her dream field: sports journalism.
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Edited by:

Tony Thomas