WATCH: Gauff spoke to the media after winning her opening round match at the 2023 Miami Open.


Coco Gauff was entirely in her element at the Miami Open on Thursday, a stark departure, she admits, from her first time on a sound stage acting in All American: Homecoming.

“I don't know if I would do it again for the acting part,” she admitted, breaking into giggles in her post-match press conference. “Watching myself on TV was probably the most excruciating pain I ever had to experience. I hated it!

“My mom has a video of me. I was on the floor like this,” she added, miming the fetal position.

While her parents gave Gauff warm reviews, she and her brother were decidedly harsher in their assessments.

“My brother, he said it was a 3 out of 10,” said Gauff, who got to meet Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler after her match. “I rated it a 2 out of the 10.”

Gauff is coming off a year of firsts that included a maiden major final in Paris and first appearance at the WTA Finals, but neither compared to the rigors of acting.

“That process was nothing like I imagined. We were there from, like, 5 in the morning till like 8 at night. I didn't realize how many times you had to do each scene over and over, especially like the first scene in the show, which is technically the last scene we shot, I look so dead and tired because I was tired. They do a really good job.

“She was like, ‘Oh, my gosh, it's Coco Gauff.’” she said of her co-star’s high-energy introduction. “I'm just sitting there like, Yeah, we've done this like 20 times, I've already met you like 30 hours ago!

“The cast were really nice people: Geffri [Maya], Camille [Hyde], all people that I would do it against just to meet them all over again.”

Gauff was far more comfortable on court to kick off her Miami Open campaign, easing past Canadian Rebecca Marino to book a third-round encounter with No. 27 seed Anastasia Potapova.