Cori Gauff was interviewed by ESPN following her three-set win over Timea Babos on Thursday at the US Open. The American player revealed something nice happened a few hours before the match. "I was nervous practicing on the court next to Rafael Nadal earlier tonight," said Gauff.
Gauff is careful about her eating regime: "I eat at my dad's bar often. It's not the healthiest food, so I can't eat there too often. They make some really good wings. I'm really tough on my dad when it comes to his cooking.
He's good, but I got to pretend to be a chef. They're really good." Gauff recognized her popularity is increasing more and more: "The platform that I've been blessed again is really amazing. The amount of people and kids especially that come up to me saying I inspire them is honestly I guess better than any match I could win, just to know that I inspire another kid maybe to pick up a racquet or go through something they're facing at school.
The amount of DMs I got on social media, also. I just hope I can continue this, continue to inspire. I mean, yeah, what I do on the court is great, but what really matters is what happens off the court, the people who you affect." Gauff is just 15 years old, she was born in Atlanta.