Asked about some of her on-court gestures made during her victory against Shuai Zhang at US Open, Coco Gauff went on and explained one of them that looked like a “throat slash” to a fan.
“That was a City Girls’ ‘period,'” Gauff explained. “It’s a City Girls summer.
I didn’t mind the finger wag but the throat slash gesture doesn’t belong in tennis or any sport for that matter.
Regardless, great win Coco! Good luck in the next round vs. Caroline Garcia. — P. L. (@P_L_SATX) September 4, 2022
Period. That’s what it is,” Gauff told the press. Seeing that the reporter was confused, Gauff added: “JT, Yung Miami, you don’t know? I got my long nails, it’s supposed to be like that. It’s feeding off the crowd”.
To clear out any other confusion, Gauff wrote on Twitter about the misunderstanding. “It wasn’t meant to come off any other way. I had a city girls song stuck in my head the whole match. So I was saying PERIODT in my head,” Gauff tweeted.
Here is the song called “Period” from City Girls.
lol you’re right… it wasn’t meant to come off any other way. I had a city girls song stuck in my head the whole match. So I was saying PERIODT in my head 😭 — Coco Gauff (@CocoGauff) September 4, 2022
Kozlov impressed by Gauff's on-court behavior
After Coco Gauff booked her place in the US Open quarterfinals by defeating Shuai Zhang, ATP number 111 Stefan Kozlov complimented the American tennis icon for her behavior on the court, placing the 18-year-old over any athlete in the world, including tennis stars like Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer.
"Coco Gauff is the most impressive athlete I’ve seen. Attitude through the roof, relentless fighting spirit," Kozlov wrote. Coco Gauff beat Shuai Zhang 7-5, 7-5 in an hour and 56 minutes in their fourth-round match.
Gauff had 33 winners to Zhang's 26 and 25 unforced errors to the latter's 29. Unfortunately for Gauff, she stopped in the quarterfinals of the 2022 US Open. The 17th-seeded Garcia routed the 12th-seeded Coco Gauff, 6-3, 6-4 in an hour and 37 minutes.