‘Wasn’t Expecting That at All’-Cori Gauff Reacts to Michelle Obama’s Congratulatory Message

Published 06/01/2022, 11:43 AM EDT
CINCINNATI, OH – AUGUST 18: Coco Gauff celebrates winning a point during a match on day 3 of the Western and Southern Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio on August 18, 2021. (Photo by Shelley Lipton/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Cori Gauff is one of the most promising young players featuring in the ongoing French Open 2022. The 18 years old rose to prominence when she won the Junior French Open singles in 2018. She has done well afterward to reach her current rank of world number 15.

In the ongoing French Open, the 18 years old has been performing brilliantly. She defeated her compatriot Sloane Stephens 7-5,6-1 to book her place in the semifinals of the Grand Slam event. Notably, this is the first French Open semifinal for a young American star. Speaking to the journalists at the post-match press conference, she replied to a question regarding the congratulation note she received from Michelle Obama after completing her graduation.


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Cori Gauff on Michelle Obama’s congratulation note

Cori Gauff rose to prominence very early in her life. Because of this, she was completing her studies side by side with her professional tennis career. The 18 years old recently completed her high school graduation. Notably, the former first lady of America Michelle Obama was one of many prominent faces who greeted her on her achievement. When asked about the same, the 18-year-old said that the gesture pleasantly surprised her as she wasn’t expecting it at all.


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“Yeah, for sure, surprised. I wasn’t expecting that at all. Since when we met her I haven’t really talked to her or anything since. I’m super thankful for that message. It was after my doubles match and I saw a mention from your story, Michelle Obama. I was like, Oh, what did I do?” She Said.


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Further, she expressed her happiness at the fact that it came for her studies and not tennis. “I think what really meant a lot, it wasn’t about the tennis, it was about my education. So I think that meant more to me the fact that she posted about that.” She added.

Gauff to Clash with Martina Trevisan for a place in the finals of the French Open


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The 18 years old has come a long way in her quest for her first Grand Slam title. The next obstruction on her way to the trophy will be World No. 59, Martina Trevisan from Italy.

Oct 9, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Cori “Coco” Gauff (USA) hits a shot during her second round match against Caroline Garcia (FRA) in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Notably, it will be the first Grand Slam semifinal for Martina. The 28 years old has been in a brilliant form lately. She won her first trophy in Rabat just a couple of days before the French Open. and continued to perform well in the French Open to win five games and secure a place in the semifinals.


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The two have met only once earlier in the Roland Garros 2020, where the Italian defeated Gauff in a three-set game. Although it has been two years since that game. And it will be interesting to see who manages to get a berth in the finals of the prestigious event.



Gaurav Verma

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Gaurav Verma is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. He has post graduate diploma in management from IILM Graduate School of Management and a BBA degree from Bangalore University. He has 1-year of experience in the banking sector.