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‘Gets Me Pumped Up’- 18-Year-Old Raw Tennis Talent Coco Gauff Raves About Will Smith’s Son Jaden in an Honest Australian Open Confession

Published 01/21/2023, 10:41 AM EST

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Everyone has different ways to deal with stress. And for someone who has clinched international fame at just 18, learning how to de-stress yourself is a big deal. Coco Gauff has a fun way to relieve tension before a match. Music! Like most Gen-Z, Gauff has her favorite playlist and most played artists. However, a familiar name keeps popping up whenever she talks about her musical taste.

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Yes, it’s Jaden Smith. Will Smith’s son. Coco’s crush on Smith is not just limited to his good looks, but also his music. The 24-year-old rapper has made it to Gauff’s most-played artists’ list. In an interview with BBC, Gauff explains how she uses social media and music to unwind.


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What is the secret behind Coco Gauff staying calm in extremely overwhelming matches?

Usually Coco walks on to the court with her headphones on before every match. It is no secret therefore that she loves music. But what are the beats that really get her going?

Coco says, “The final song I play – the one which really gets me pumped as I walk out – changes from tournament to tournament.” However, something is constant this year. She says, “But so far this year I have gone back to my roots – I’m playing Icon by Jaden Smith. That’s what I was listening to at Wimbledon in 2019.”


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I really love this song. The instrument playing at the start gets me pumped up and the song makes me feel like an icon!”

Coco confesses that she does not stick to one kind of music religiously. She explores different genres and like her Twitter account reveals, her most played track was by Jaden. Also, he was second on her favorite artists of 2022 after The Weekend.

Coco’s crush on Jaden Smith


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Coco Gauff’s crush on Jaden Smith is no secret. After Jaden tweeted his congratulations to her post her victory in one of the matches in Wimbledon, she was all smiles. Coco admitted to having the “biggest crush ever” on Smith growing up. Moreover, it seems like she didn’t keep it to herself. All her friends knew about her crush on the Oscar-winning actor’s son. They were all “freaking out” when Jaden congratulated her.

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Coco Gauff has garnered a lot of love and appreciation from her fans. And that’s not just on court but also for her social media content, including TikTok.


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The 18-year-old tennis star does credit herself for creating new TikTok trends as well as hopping on the trending ones. That being said, Gauff has quite a dynamic personality, don’t you think?

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Sagar Ashtakoula


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Sagar Ashtakoula is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Sagar has completed his graduation in Electronics and Communication Engineering.
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