Coco gauff reflects on Michelle Obama’s words of wisdom and explains how tennis is like life: “you show your best and worst”
In contrast to the American, who disclosed some sound advice she got from former first lady Michelle Obama, the Frenchwoman Coco Gauff has spoken out on the significance of being thankful for victory and tolerating terrible times on the tennis field.
Gauff soared to fame at the young age of 15 when she advanced to the fourth round of the main draw at Wimbledon.
The seventh-ranked player in the world, who lost in the final of the French Open to Iga Swiatek, is now representing the United States in the Billie Jean King Cup, where she has spoken about her struggles to strike a work-life balance.
Gauff mentioned their 2019 encounter, after which the little girl called Obama a “idol” and “an inspiration.”
“There’s a lot going on,” Gauff stated in an interview with the Billie Jean King Cup‘s Twitter page.
As Gauff elaborated, “Michelle Obama advised me: ‘It’s alright to say no to things.’
The piece of advice I would offer my younger self is, “Remember that the prayers you made then are coming true to you now, and that everything you worked for has occurred.
Remembering that my younger self would be appreciative is crucial.
You’re eager to challenge yourself, but I’d advise slowing down to appreciate where you’re at and giving yourself some credit.
“The court is a microcosm of life; there, you display both your finest and worst qualities. I believe that if you want to be successful in tennis, you must learn to accept defeat and move on from it.
Gauff and Jessica Pegula won three doubles championships in 2022 at Doha, Toronto, and San Diego. However, Gauff did not win a singles title that year.
Despite this, she finished last year at No. 22 in the WTA Rankings but has since risen to a career-high No. 4 in October.
Gauff is likely going to shift her focus from the Billie Jean King Cup to the Australian Open when that tournament is over.
She hopes to rebound from a first-round exit in the year’s first Grand Slam event, which was her poorest result among the four majors that year.