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Jaden Smith, Michelle Obama congratulate Gauff
Published Jul 06, 2019
"I know this is off topic," Coco Gauff said to start the press conference that followed her most exhilarating Wimbledon win yet, in which she came back from a set down and saved two match points. "But I wanted to say: Please stream Erys by Jaden Smith. His album dropped yesterday."
The win—3-6, 7-6 (7), 7-5 over Polona Hercog on Friday—gets the 15-year-old into the second week of Wimbledon, and earns her £176,000 in fourth-round prize money.
"Maybe I'm gonna buy some more MSFTSrep, which is Jaden's line," Gauff said when asked what she might do with her winnings. "Buy some hoodies from that."
Gauff has long been a pretty public fan of Smith's, but with her performance this week, she's won over thousands more fans of her own, including Jaden himself:
But it doesn't stop there. She's also gotten congratulations from Michelle Obama:
Samuel L. Jackson:
And Joel Embiid, who gave the match quite a high compliment:
Indeed, to fight off the first match point, Gauff slid her racquet under the ball to create a curving backhand slice that skidded off the sideline chalk for a winner—drama that can maybe be matched only by an NBA Game 7.
But one of the first posts Gauff noticed was from Tina Knowles, Beyoncé's mom:
"I was, like, screaming," Gauff said. "I hope Beyoncé saw that. I hope she told her daughter about me, because I would love to go to a concert."
"A funny story, though," she continued. "Actually, my parents told me to babysit my brothers. They didn't tell me where they were going. Then I see on Facebook that they're at the Beyonce and Jay-Z concert. I was so mad because I told them I wanted to go."
It can be hard to be 15. About those Jaden Smith hoodies: "Oh my God, my mom, actually, she bans me from buying hoodies for two months," Gauff said, "because every week I was getting new hoodies sent to the house."
Maybe Jaden can send them free of charge.