Coco Gauff and her team proudly sported personalized T-shirts to celebrate her maiden Grand Slam win at the 2023 US Open.
Gauff defeated World No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 in just over two hours at the Arthur Ashe Stadium on Saturday. That made her the first American teenager to win the US Open title this century.
The last American teenager to secure the New York Slam was Serena Williams, who achieved the feat at the 1999 US Open when she was just 17 years old.
Gauff is the fourth American teenager to secure a Grand Slam singles title in the Open Era. This exclusive club is comprised of Gauff and three legendary players - Chris Evert, Tracy Austin, and Serena Williams.
Following her win, Coco Gauff's team presented her with a personalized T-shirt to wear which read:
"Call me C̶o̶c̶o̶ Champion."
Gauff's parents were also seen donning the same T-shirts.
Gauff has an impressive win/loss record of 16-1 in the United States since the commencement of the summer of 2023. She secured her first WTA 500 title at the Citi Open and followed it up by winning her maiden WTA 1000 title at the Cincinnati Open.
Her sole defeat during the North American hardcourt swing came in the quarterfinals of the 2023 Canadian Open in Montreal, where she faced compatriot and eventual champion Jessica Pegula.
Coco Gauff to rise to World No. 3 after US Open title
Coco Gauff will rise to third place in the WTA rankings on Monday, September 11, marking her career-best ranking. This is the result of the 2,000 points she earned from her remarkable title run at the 2023 US Open.
The jump in the rankings will also make the 19-year-old the new American No. 1, surpassing Jessica Pegula. Pegula's ranking will drop to No. 5 this week, while former Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina will maintain her position as World No. 4.
Coco Gauff currently holds 6,165 ranking points, which is significantly lower than the impressive 8,195 points accumulated by new World No. 2 Iga Swiatek. Aryna Sabalenka, on the other hand, has surpassed Swiatek by a huge margin of over 1,000 ranking points, boasting an impressive total of 9,266 points.
Marketa Vondrousova, Ons Jabeur, Karolina Muchova, Maria Sakkari, and Caroline Garcia round out the remaining spots in the top 10 of the WTA rankings.