‘Spent a Lot of Nights Crying’- Following $454,000 Success, Coco Gauff Recalls Past Pain to Make a Soul Stirring Statement

Published 08/21/2023, 1:04 AM EDT

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19-year-old Coco Gauff is cruising from one victory to another. While winning the Citi Open was one of the best moments of her career, her biggest moment was waiting for her in the city of Cincinnati. Recently, the world’s 7th-ranked tennis player lifted her first WTA 1000 title at the Western and Southern Open after defeating Karolina Muchova.

In the course of winning her first WTA 1000 title, Gauff also became the youngest player to claim the crown in Cincinnati. Following her victory, she shared her gratitude for the biggest strength that was behind her on and off the tennis court.

Coco Gauff opens up about her biggest strength after her Cincinnati victory 


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During the trophy ceremony, after winning the 2023 Western and Southern Open for the first time, the 19-year-old tennis sensation got emotional as she gave a heartwarming speech. While talking about becoming the youngest player ever to win the Cincinnati Open, Gauff thanked Jesus Christ in the most wonderful way ever.

She said, “This is unbelievable. I’d like to thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I spent a lot of nights alone crying trying to figure it out. I still have a lot to figure out, but I thank him for covering me.” 


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The 2023 Cincinnati Masters champion shared her gratitude, to the Lord for guiding her through some difficult moments in her life and helping her break records. She also thanked other important people in her life, including her parents and her coaching team, but praising the Lord was the first thing on her mind.

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Moreover, she also revealed how she has seen numerous tough days and nights figuring things out on her own that only Jesus Christ is aware of. However, this is not the first time she became the youngest player to achieve significant milestones on the tennis circuit.


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Coco Gauff joins Caroline Wozniacki in an impressive record

After becoming the youngest player to win in Cincinnati, she also matched a record held by Danish tennis veteran Caroline Wozniacki. Gauff is now the first woman since the 33-year-old Danish tennis player to win five career titles as a teenager. Wozniacki did the same thing back in 2008-2009, and now, 15 years down the line, it’s the 19-year-old American tennis sensation who is breaking records one after the other.

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While this victory is a lot more special, this is not the first time she broke records as a teenager. As a 15-year-old, she started creating history by becoming the youngest player to make it to the main draw of Wimbledon in the Open era. Since then, she has been unstoppable in following her dream.

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Pratishtha Prakash


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Pratishtha Prakash is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. She has completed her Bachelor’s degree in Mass Media and Journalism from MIT ADT University, Pune. Being a sports enthusiast, she has been following varied sports like tennis, cricket and Esports from her childhood.
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Tony Thomas