Coco Gauff wasn’t the only one feeling emotions after her U.S. Open win on Saturday evening.
As she closed out her three-set win over Aryna Sabalenka to win her first-ever Grand Slam title, Gauff had some long moments in the stands at Arthur Ashe Stadium, sharing moments with her family and coaches.
Her dad, Corey, was particularly emotional, and Gauff had some fun at his expense during her post-match interview during the trophy ceremony.
“Well, thank you first to my parents, Gauff said. “Today was the first time I’ve seen my dad cry. He doesn’t want to tell y’all that. But he got caught in 4K. He thinks he’s so hard, but [he’s] not.
“Thank you, guys. You’ve believed in me since the beginning. I’ve been coming to this tournament, my dad took me to this tournament. Sitting right there watching Venus and Serena [Williams] compete. So it’s really incredible to be on this stage.”
Corey Gauff was a basketball star at Georgia State and Coco’s coach, while her mother, Candi, was a heptathlete at Florida State.
She has credited both of them with her rise toward the top of the tennis field.
“My parents, they’re really my support system, helping me remember my clothes and everything,” Gauff told The Post earlier in the week.“My dad is still sending me scouting reports every match. My mom is more so just being mom. My dad just being dad.”
Candi was one of the most excited in the crowd after the win, jumping up and down with her hands up in the air after the final game in the third set.
After the match, Gauff did say she tried to connect with one of her other family members on the phone but had some trouble.
“I FaceTimed my brother, but he didn’t answer,” she said in the post-match interview, though she did say he called back.
Gauff likely will have her phone lit up Saturday night — from family and friends alike.
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